Gautam Gambhir stand unveiled at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi
The 38-year-old Gambhir was also present during the occasion.
Updated - Nov 27, 2019 12:13 pm
Gautam Gambhir doesn’t have colossal numbers as that of Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and a few of the other greats of Indian cricket. Yet the veteran remains as a priceless gem owing to his contributions. In 2007 and 2011, the southpaw played couple of knocks that helped India win the T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 50-overs World Cup at home.
Both of the innings set the platform for the victories, though he didn’t get the Player of the Match on both the instances. Gambhir was also the ICC’s number-one ranked Test batsman in 2009. Last year, in the first week of December, he hung his boots from all forms of cricket, releasing an emotional video. Even now his legacy remains and youngsters look up to him for inspiration.
It has now been learned that the Delhi-born Gambhir will have a stand, named after him, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) unveiled the stand on Tuesday. The 38-year-old Gambhir was also present during the occasion.
After the development, he took to Twitter and wrote, “Arun Jaitley Ji was like a father figure to me and it is a matter of great pride and pleasure to have a stand built in my name at the “Arun Jaitley Stadium’. I thank the apex council, my fans, friends, and family who supported me at every step.”
Here is Gautam Gambhir’s tweet
Arun Jaitley Ji was like a father figure to me and it is a matter of great pride and pleasure to have a stand built in my name at the "Arun Jaitley Stadium". I thank the apex council, my fans, friends, and family who supported me at every step. pic.twitter.com/HcWilZlrho
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 26, 2019
Gambhir played his last competitive match in Delhi
It was at the very venue where Gambhir played his final competitive match. It was a Ranji Trophy contest against Andhra where he racked up 112 and bid goodbye to his favourite sport on a high. Apart from his success as a batsman, Gambhir didn’t flatter to deceive as a leader as well. He has a 100 per cent win record as the Indian skipper, guiding his team to wins in all the six ODIs.
He also has a couple of Indian Premier League (IPL) titles to his names, captaining the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2012 and 2014 respectively. For India, he ended with 10,324 runs with 20 centuries and 63 half-centuries. He last donned the national colours back in November 2016.