Gautam Gambhir is doing amazing work as a humanitarian and politician in these tough times for the nation. His foundation, the Gautam Gambhir Foundation has been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 and was one of the first organisations to obtain PPE kits for the frontline Covid warriors.
This is not the first time though, when Gambhir is helping India out when it needs him the most. While there can’t be any comparison to this present catastrophe, on-field Gautam played the crisis man on the most important occasions. He stood like a rock in the all-important finals of both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. He was also one of the primary reasons India achieved a number 1 rankling in Test Matches in 2009. Gambhir was chosen as the Number 1 Test player for that same year by the ICC.
There is no denying his legendary status in International cricket, but even the most ardent Gambhir fans would feel that his talent deserved to get more than 54 Test matches. Having helped India in the achievement of the 2011 World Cup, he didn’t even make it to the squad in the 2013 Champions Trophy. He helped KKR win two IPL’s in 2012 and 2014, but didn’t even play a single T20 for India post 2012. Barring a brief comeback in 2016, Gambhir didn’t feature in the Test Team, post 2012.
All this points towards an unfulfilled potential and the reasons could be plenty. If one goes by the former Chief selector and the Lord of Lords, Dilip Vengsarkar then it’s Gambhir’s anger that led him to fall short of fulfilling his talent. “Underrated player. Had a lot of talent but couldn’t control his anger and emotions. I feel that for the kind of ability he had, he should have played much more for India,” Vengsarkar told Times of India.