Gautam Gambhir celebrates his birthday with century against Haryana
The seasoned campaigner had the chance of making the occasion count and he did it with sheer grace.
Updated - Oct 14, 2018 3:26 pm
From the cricketing front, 2018 hasn’t give batsman Gautam Gambhir many chances to celebrate. He resigned as the captain of the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the IPL after moving from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a franchise which tasted a couple of titles under his leadership in 2012 and 2014 respectively. To add insult to injury, he didn’t play a single match for the Daredevils thereafter.
Nevertheless, the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy has given him plenty of reasons to cheer. He is playing for Delhi and captained his team to the quarterfinals of the 50-overs event. Even with the willow, he has been impressive as he scored 151 against Kerala to register his maiden century. In the ongoing match against Haryana, the Delhi-born cricketer was expected to be at his very best.
Gambhir in full flow in Bangalore
Moreover, today also happens to be his 37th birthday and the seasoned campaigner had the chance of making the occasion count. He did it with sheer grace by notching a 69-ball century in Bangalore. Delhi were chasing 230 runs in the knockout encounter and the 37-year-old Gambhir came to the party by taking the opposition bowling by the scruff of the neck right from the word go.
His opening stand of 54 runs from six overs along with U19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand set the tone for the run chase. However, Gambhir carried on his own merry way and put on 118 runs along with Dhruv Shorey. He nudged Jayant Yadav on the leg-side to accomplish the ton, which happened to be his 21st in List A cricket to go with 60 half-centuries.
Nevertheless, he couldn’t carry on thereafter as leg-break bowler Rahul Tewatia got rid of him. Wicketkeeper Nitin Saini stumped him, taking off the bails in a flash. The veteran ended with 104 runs from 72 balls with the help of 16 boundaries. In the meantime, Twitter was ecstatic after Gambhir’s masterclass at M Chinnaswamy Stadium and subsequently, the supporters hailed him.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Abdul Suhaib (@AbdulSuhaib3) October 14, 2018
— ❤ⱽᶦʳᵃᵗᶦᵃⁿADI🇮🇳❤ (@Aditya_k168) October 14, 2018
— ramesh powar (@imrameshpowar) October 14, 2018
— Pawan Arya (@ImPawan9) October 14, 2018
What a knock. A century on birthday. Treat to watch. Happy Birthday our world cup hero ! @GautamGambhir
— Ajinkya (@pradhan_ajinkya) October 14, 2018
Gautam Gambhir Scored 100* Of 69 Balls In Vijay Hazare Trophy On His Birthday!
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) October 14, 2018
What a incredible Innings Gauti …. and a perfect Bday for you … Well Played , 100 of just 69 balls total top class … @GautamGambhir #HappyBirthdayGautamGambhir #VijayHazareTrophy #INDvWI #BCCI #Sunday @StarSportsIndia Thank you for the Telecast pic.twitter.com/BaZrvLifOC
— SYED FAIZAN HUSSAINI (@faizan_sfh) October 14, 2018
Fastest Centuries in List A cricket for Delhi:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 14, 2018
Century on birthday for @GautamGambhir, I so wish KKR get him back this year!!
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) October 14, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 14, 2018
Gautam Gambhir, on his 37th birthday, completed his 21st List A hundred against Haryana.
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) October 14, 2018
— Prateek Singh🇮🇳 (@Iprateeksing) October 14, 2018
— angana sharma (@sharma_angana) October 14, 2018
100*…. What an Innings this is.
Thrashed all the Bowlers.. Champion Stuff…!!!
— Aditya Yellanki (@adityayellanki) October 14, 2018
— ABhijeet. (@imAbhijeet0803) October 14, 2018
For the world out there..and the youngsters.. that’s how you celebrate your 37th Birthday..Cutting 🎂on the pitch.. With Haryana tasting some GAUTIMYCIN 😀 Brilliant 💯 @GautamGambhir 💐👌 pic.twitter.com/V5i34A6yuF
— Gaurav Arora (@gauravbir786) October 14, 2018