When you are looking for one thing which is very common in India is Cricket. People celebrate cricket as their own festival. This is the only country where players are treated as God. I am happy at least India is united by the means of cricket. Though it is a gentle man’s game, unfair things are happening at certain things. One complaint we have from the early stage is influence of captain on choosing the team players. It is the duty of the captain to choose his players but still people questioning on captain about their players selection.
A boy from Delhi came into cricket and become a best opening batsman for Indian cricket team and partnering with world’s most dangerous batsman Virender Sehwag. Yes, your guess is right. It is Gautaum Gambhir who is struggling a lot to make his comeback in to the Indian Cricket Team. He has got many accolades and awards in his career. One of the successful captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, a challenging team in Indian Premier League. He had helped Indian team at the right stage to lift the world cup twice both in T20 and ODI tournaments in the year 2007 and 2011. After all these success still he is considered as UNSUNG HERO of India cricket team. There are 5 reasons listed below.
T20 world cup final - Pakistan:
The matches are always played in Ground. But there are some matches which is made in heaven. The most important match expected by every Indian fan. It is so common that Virender Sehwag always fails to perform against Pakistan especially in finals. As a responsible opener and senior player of the team and performed massively against the quality Pakistan bowlers. His knock of 75 of 54 balls had made Indian team to reach the decent total of 157. He scored well in the tournament and he is the leading run getter. He scored half century against New Zealand and England. But the knock in final is considered as the best. Even though he did not win the Man of the match award he took the team to unimaginable heights.
One Man Army Vs Newzealand in 2009:
It is the match between India and Newzealand in Napier 2009. India is on deep trouble. The black caps had asked Indian team to follow up with the grand lead of 314 runs. India was at the edge of defeat. Indian fans were worried about the match result and thought the match will end up in fourth day. But one man who rose up and made a remarkable batting stood 643 minutes in the crease for scoring 137 runs of 436 balls. Finally, the Delhi boy has made it and saved the test match. It is not about winning the match but the effort and optimism shown by this left hander is awesome.
At last the match was saved and Indian team eventually led the series 1-0 and this is an ultimate pinnacle for any batsman.
Role played to make Indian team to reach its top
It is the dream of every cricketer to make their team to reach the number one spot in test rankings. Indians dream came true in the mid tour of Srilanka in March 2008. India has lost the series 2 – 1, though a new opening pair was found for India. It was none other than Gambhir, who showed his remarkable performance to make Indian team reach finals. India has crushed Australia, Newzealand, England and Srilanka to reach the number one spot. This wonder boy had made 2631 runs in 26 test matches with 8 Centuries at an average of 57.19. He was selected as the number one rank in test matches in the year 2009 and ICC test player of the year.
Flexible option at the top
After winning the T20 world cup, Gambhir was called on for one day side. It was the season India was playing CB series against Australia in their home. It was really a tough side to beat. But the performance of Indians had outraged and lifts the CB putting an end to victory of Australia in series since 1985. As Sachin was opening down with sehwag, Gambhir was dropped down the position. He scored two tons with the average of 42.09. His performance clearly showed that he is really flexible down at any orders and reducing the pressure of low middle order batsman. He played well against the spinners and made a solid foundation to explode from the word go setting the rock solid base against tough bowlers
Unforgettable Knock in 2011 world cup final:
The whole country is waiting for one dream. It was the second ball India had lost Sehwag and in the 7 th we lost Sachin. Dream was really doubtful. But one man who stood up and made every Indian dream comes true. He along with Virat Kohli set a strong foundation and made a remarkable history on 2nd April 2011. He had played solidly with both defense and attack. He missed out his century by short of 3 runs. As Dhoni stepped in, he finishes off in its style with magnificent six, India had lifted world cup after 28 years of wait.
Though, this man had made huge contribution for Indian team he is still struggling to get a place in the team. All his teammates who played along with announced their retirement. But this man is still struggling for come back. A steady opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan is preventing the board members to hire in the squad. India had made to huge respect to the cricketers who performed well. But this man is still a unsung hero for the Indian team. His story continues. He is still batting not out!!!