According to reports, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has received death threats from ‘ISIS Kashmir.’ The threats were sent to the veteran’s official email address. Gambhir, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP, has filed a complaint with the Delhi police in response to the development. Not the best cricket news that the fans want to hear at present.
Following the incident, the veteran requested more protection outside his Rajendra Nagar residence. On Tuesday, November 23, Gambhir got the letter. Meanwhile, the Delhi police have taken care of security to prevent any potential mishaps. Google cricket confirmed the news quite recently and the fans were concerned for his safety.
“Further to our conversation, on Tuesday evening, we got an email from ISIS Kashmir on Gautam Gambhir’s official email ID. The correspondence contains a death threat against the MP and his family. I therefore suggest that you investigate into the problem and establish necessary security arrangements,” said a letter written to Gaurav Arora, DCP Central District and PS to Gautam Gambhir.
The investigation into Gautam Gambhir’s allegation is now ongoing
According to Shweta Chauhan, DCP Central, the police have begun their inquiry and a comprehensive probe is now ongoing. It has also been revealed that authorities will attempt to verify the email address from which the death threats were received.
“Gautam Gambhir has petitioned the Delhi Police, citing death threats from ‘ISIS Kashmir. The inquiry is now underway. Security has been tightened up outside Gambhir’s house,” Chauhan was reported in The Times of India as saying.
Gambhir has been a vocal person in politics as well as in the cricket world. He has raised his voice regarding variety of aspects, including the constant cross border infiltration from Pakistan.
Gambhir withdrew from all forms of cricket in 2018 after competing in the Ranji Trophy. He was elected as an MP from East Delhi in 2019. Since then, he has launched a number of projects, one of which is ‘Jan Rasoi,’ for the betterment of society as a whole.
Gambhir is still regarded as a pivotal role in Indian cricket history. He had two useful knocks in the 2007 T20 World Cup final in the 2011 World Cup final. However, he did not get Player of the Match honours. Around a decade ago, he also became the ICC’s top-ranked Test batsman. Gambhir also led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two Indian Premier League victories.
Guess everyone follows cricket closely, even the ISIS but this is a very serious matter and the government needs to give the former cricketer the protection that he needs
This is not the first time that a former cricketer has received death threats. This is part of the things that these stars in the limelight face. Many cricketers get a lot of verbal abuse on Social Media platforms like Twitter too. The fans can be very harsh critics but that is why cricket is a “religion” in India.
With that being said, the Indian government and the BCCI will want to protect its asset in every way that it can. Gautam Gambhir can have some strong opinions on matters at times but he is still a World Cup winning hero to the nation. Keeping that in mind, his safety is a top priority for each and every one of us.
It will be interesting to see how things develop in this case, where a celebrity former cricketer turned MP was threatened by a terrorist organization. For now, the fans will want to focus on the cricket that is going on between India and New Zealand, with the home side looking to avenge the defeat in the World Test Championship final.
Some really big names like co-captains Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are missing from the first Test match. Further, some of the Indian regulars like Jasprit Bumhra and Rishabh Pant have also taken a break. They dropped out of the series due to the hectic schedule in the bio-bubbles across the last year.
Despite that, Team India looks in a good position at present to grab control of the Test match. That is if their bowling can support the batting now after a decent total was put up on the board in the first innings.