It is the birthday of the man of big occasions.
Gautam Gambhir has always been an elegant left-hand opener. His contributions to Indian cricket team is remarkable, but his efforts have always gone unnoticed and uncredited. He had scored 4096 runs at an average of 42.52 in Tests. In ODIs he scored 5238 runs with an average of 39.68. He was titled the “ICC player of the year” for 2009 and was briefly ranked the no.1 batsman in the ICC ranking.
Gambhir captained the national team in ODI series against New Zealand in2010 and lead India won the series by 5-0 win. He was awarded with Arjuna award in 2008. Even with all these wonderful contributions to India, his efforts went unnoticed.
Let’s have a look at few of his best career performances on his birthday.
2007 T20 World Cup:
India won 2007 T20 World Cup under the captaincy of M.S. Dhoni. Everyone were praising the captaincy of M.S. Dhoni and the 6 sixes of Yuvraj Singh but the performance of this man went unnoticed. Gambhir was the India’s highest run-getter in the series. Gambhir scored 227 runs with an average of 37.83 at a strike rate of 12.9. Not to forget, 75 (54) against Pakistan in the final which helped India to put the big total score on the board.
2011 World Cup Finale:
I already mentioned that he is the man of big occasions, right?
We all lost our hopes when Sachin and Shewag departed early in the chase. But when Gautam Gambhir walked into the crease, he restored our lost hopes. That was one of the best performances in Gauti’s career. He played so brilliantly even under such pressure but it was so unfortunate that he missed his century. Maybe if he had scored it, maybe if that century wasn’t missed, many things would have been different and he would have surely claimed the “Man of the Match” award.
Test series against New Zealand in 2009
In 2009 test series against New Zealand, Gambhir scored a total of 445 runs in 6 inninings at an average of 89 which helped India to win 1-0 to script a series win the century after 41 years.
In the second test match, he scored a match saving 13.7 runs in the second innings. He stood there for more than 5 sessions and had faced over 430 balls even with a broken elbow.
Impressed by his performance, Shewag called him “The Second Wall”. Undoubtedly, he was the great test player India ever had.
On his 37th birthday, GG has smashed a 69-ball century leading Delhi to Vijay Hazare Semis, today.
He may go unheard; underrated; unnoticed.
But nothing can change the fact, that he is
A knight of 2007 T20 and 2011 world cup finals.
An unbelievable hero who batted for 643 minutes to save a test match for his country.
A true real-life hero who pledged to bear expenses for children of martyred soldiers.
A Patriotic personality.
A silent philanthropist.
With all respect, I wish you a very happy birthday Gautam Gambhir bhaiyya !!!
Be blessed with more true happiness, true affection and good health this day and forever.
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