Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has lambasted fans of Virat Kohli who criticized him on social media for not including the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain in his congratulatory wish for young Shubman Gill after his match-winning ton got Gujarat Titans (GT) in the last league match of IPL 2023.
GT, who had already qualified for the playoffs as the top-ranked team, spoilt RCB's party and helped MI sneak through all thanks to Gill's sublime batting. The right-hander smashed an unbeaten 104 off 52 balls overshadowing Virat Kohli's 101 not out off 61 balls.
This was Gill's second century in this edition. He had earlier smashed his maiden IPL century against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ganguly, who is known to be a huge fan of Gill, took to Twitter and posted: “What talent this country produces .. shubman gill .. wow .. two stunning knocks in two halves .. IPL.. .. what standards in the tournament.”
However, fans of Virat Kohli misinterpreted his tweet and thought the former India captain deliberately did not mention Kohli's name. Many also perceived the "two centuries" part as Ganguly's praise for MI all-rounder Cameron Green, who had also slammed a century in the afternoon game on the same day.
Though he is known not to respond to trolls, Ganguly hit back a couple of days later with a hard-hitting tweet. He pointed out that the two centuries part was him talking about Gill's twin IPL centuries this year.
"Just a quick reminder. hope those of you twisting this tweet, understand English .. if don’t please get someone responsible to explain," Ganguly wrote.
The former India opener's clarification also made it clear that he his tweet had nothing to do with Kohli.