Gambhir’s Delhi are sore losers

Services skipper Yashpal Singh was hurt that the Delhi players didn’t show the minimum politeness.

New Delhi: Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir has often said that he plays the game to win. But what the Delhi outfit did after their 44-run loss to Services in the North Zone Vijay Hazare Trophy match at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Thursday was uncalled for. The hosts left the stadium without even shaking hands with the Services players, who waited for close to half an hour on the field.[FILE] Services knocked out Delhi from the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The only exception to this was Jagrit Anand, who had top-scored for Delhi with an unbeaten 69. It is believed that the move was an effort to avoid the waiting media.

Expected to have a cakewalk in the match, the defending champions ended up being knocked out of the tournament.

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This followed after Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra refused to play the match. While some in the management said that they were unfit, others claimed that it was part of the rotational policy. Some even revealed that the wicket didn’t please the duo. Interestingly, Nehra wasn’t even fit enough to report to the ground before the toss — a new culture developing among Delhi players.

Meanwhile, Services skipper Yashpal Singh was hurt that the Delhi players didn’t show the minimum politeness.

“What kind of behaviour is this? We waited for them to shake hands with us. Neither the captain nor the coach had the basic courtesy to come out and congratulate us. A few seasons back, we defeated them in a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 match at Kotla and they did the same thing. Agreed we are players of smaller stature, but we expect at least this much,” Yashpal said.