Gautam Gambhir (Right) says he and Virat Kohli are passionate cricketers     AFP
Gautam Gambhir (Right) says he and Virat Kohli are passionate cricketers AFP

Having made his Test return after a three-year wait, India opener Gautam Gambhir clears the air about his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli. During the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kohli and Gambhir had a verbal spat when the former was dismissed. Gambhir simply says that both of them are passionate about the sport, the team and there is nothing personal about it. Gambhir scored 29 and 50 on his return to international cricket in the third Test against New Zealand at Indore. He was included in the squad after KL Rahul picked up an injury after the first Test.

When you are playing against an opposition you want to go out there and win a game and for that you have to be aggressive. As a leader you want your team to play as you are. Both of us are aggressive and passionate individuals and want to do well for our respective teams, Gambhir said. Even if we have difference of opinion there is nothing wrong in it. We both have same ambition that is to make our country proud and try to win each and every game as possible and try to contribute in the team s success. There is nothing personal about it, he added. This is what professional people do. We are pretty good friends on and off the field, he told NDTV. Gambhir was also charged 15 per cent of his match fee in the IPL earlier this year after he jacked a chair during celebration after leading Kolkata Kinght Riders (KKR) to a win over Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Gambhir also said that he endorses not playing against Pakistan till the cross-border terrorism stops. I cannot think about playing Pakistan. Life of people of this country is far more important than any sports or any other thing, the left-handed opener said. I am talking as an Indian and not as as a cricketer. I believe we should not have any ties or relationship with Pakistan. For me it is very important to protect out people, Gambhir concluded.