Retired Indian opener and politician, Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4, 2018. He thus ended his phenomenal 15-year International career. The cricketer turned politician made his ODI debut back in April 2003 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. He made his Test debut a year later against Australia at Mumbai. Gambhir’s magic with the bat in the finals of both 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup made him the unsung hero of two India’s World titles.
Gautam Gambhir led KKR to victory twice in the IPL
The southpaw also left his mark in the IPL winning two titles with Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive cricketer of the 2011 IPL auctions at $2.4 million. With his amazing leadership skills, he led KKR all the way in the fifth and seven editions of the IPL.
The unsung hero of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
Every Indian Cricket fan remembers and cherishes the day that India won. April 2, 2011- a remarkable day in the history of Indian cricket as India lifted its second ICC Cricket World Cup title. Opting to bat first on winning the toss, Sangakkara’s team posted a challenging 274-6 in 50 overs. This was due to former skipper Mahela Jayawardene’s astounding century (103* off 88 balls). The early dismissals of Virender Sehwag (0 off 2 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (18 off 14 balls) upset everyone. Then Gambhir stepped in. Gambhir stabilized the innings for India, sharing an 83-run third wicket partnership with Virat Kohli. After Kohli was dismissed by Tillakaratne Dilshan, Gambhir was joined by skipper MS Dhoni who promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh. The duo added 109 runs for the fourth wicket that almost secured the World Cup for India. Gambhir was dismissed by Thisara Perera for 97 thereby missing out on a well-deserved century in an all-important game, with India needing another 52 runs for victory. Once again Gambhir proved why he is a cricketing legend.
Ajinkya Rahane has been sitting in the dugout in IPL 2020
The vice-captain of India’s Test team hasn’t played a match in Indian Premier League 2020 so far. Rahane has scored 3,820 runs in 140 IPL matches at an average of 32.93 and a strike rate of 121.92, including two centuries and 27 half-centuries. He remains to be the eighth-highest run-scorer among Indian batsmen in the IPL. The presence of Dhawan as an opener makes it impossible for Rahane to find a place in the playing XI. There is still hope at the end of the tunnel as we might see Rahane walking to open for Delhi Capitals soon.
Ashwin misses out due to an injury in the first match
Ashwin injured his shoulder in the match against Kings XI Punjab. After picking up two wickets back to back, he dived trying to save a run. In doing so, he hurt his shoulder before leaving the field immediately. At first, the injury appeared a lot worse, with many speculating it to be a shoulder dislocation. However, the next morning, Ashwin said he felt a lot less pain and that the scan reports looked good. As expected, premier off-spinner R Ashwin did not make it to Delhi Capitals’ Playing XI in their second match of the IPL 2020 against Chennai Super Kings. Captain Shreyas Iyer revealed two changes in their team from the previous. One of this was leg-spinner Amit Mishra replacing Ashwin. Asked about Ashwin and how his fitness stands at the moment, Iyer provided a positive update. He said, “Ashwin, I feel is doing pretty well, but we wanted to give him a 2-3 game rest so that he feels better. He’s doing well in the gym. He had a bat in the nets yesterday.”