Gautam Gambhir condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks, says time to wake up before it’s late
Gambhir played cricket for India between 2004 and 2016 when he last played in a Test match against England.
Published - Apr 21, 2019 8:22 pm | Updated - Apr 21, 2019 8:23 pm
The horrors of New Zealand terror attack which killed 50 people is still afresh in memory, there are another series of explosions in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The explosions had left 400 injured and 160 dead. The attacks took place when the religious places were filled with the Sunday Easter mass. The Sri Lankan government called for an emergency meeting following the gruesome attacks even though intelligence sources had warned of the attacks on prominent churches just 10 days ago.
The world condemned the incident and former India opener Gautam Gambhir also blasted it, saying he was devastated by the news. In a tweet posted on Sunday, the former cricketer said a serious challenge was at hand across religions, races and nationalities. He recalled the attacks in New Zealand and said it was time to wake up or things could get too late.
Am devastated to hear the news of blasts in Sri Lanka. We all have a serious challenge at hand which cuts across religions, races & nationalities. Mosque attack in NZ, now this in Sri Lanka. We better wake up before it’s too late. My prayers r with those affected #SriLankaBlast
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 21, 2019
Gambhir joined BJP last month
Gambhir is known for voicing out on things that have a human interest. Recently, he had an argument with former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mahbooba Mufti on issues pertaining to the disturbed state. The 37-year-old, who quit cricket last December during the Ranji Trophy and hit a century in his final game for Delhi against Andhra, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in March and speculation was on whether he would contest the ongoing Lok Sabha election that started on April 11.
Gambhir played cricket for India between 2004 and 2016 when he last played in a Test match against England. He was not picked again for the India side again and quit three years after playing his final international match. Gambhir has scored over 10,000 runs in international cricket with 20 hundreds. He also had his share of success as the captain and won two Indian Premier League titles for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014.
The former southpaw featured in two of India’s World Cup-winning squads – in the World T20 in South Africa in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011 – and contributed significantly in the finals on both occasions that India won.