You can have that power of hitting the last ball for a six, to see your team win.
You may be so skilled that you catch a ball out of nowhere by flying like a bird in the air.
You can get into the skin of oppositions with your active vocals.
You may cleanup the most rated batsman with your searing pace.
Be it anything!
You might do everything that can earn you so much of fame and money in your life.
With all your unbeaten talent, you might attract those giant companies to promote their products.
But keeping all these commercial elements of, ‘What you achieved and How much you earned’, aside, what is so essential in a human’s life is, the character with which he/she lived. The smiles one has brought with his presence. The service they did to the betterment of society. The number of souls they inspire with their work ethic. These are the things that count the most, of course if you belong to the normal human psyche.
And Gauti is such a character, an admirable one.
He is a short guy, built with so much of fire inside. An aggressive athlete, who always fought for the benefits of the team and played with spirit throughout.
It is never an easy thing to be in that Indian side with all the stalwarts , the Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, VVS, Sehwag, Kumble, as getting the attention of people isn’t easy by any stretch of imagination. Yet he competed, played to the potential and got his own place in the team. And that itself is quite an achievement.
Scoring five centuries in a row in test cricket.
Getting that crucial 75 in the final of 2007 T20WC final against Pakistan.
That 150 versus Srilanka and offering his MOM award to then budding player Virat, who also scored a ton in that game, just to encourage the young talent.
Over 10K international runs.
Sweeping the Kiwi team 5-0 in his regime.
Scaling that top rank in both Test and T20 formats.
Receiving ICC Test batsman of the year award for his prolific display of batting in 2009.
And finally those priceless 97 in the 2011 WC final at Wankhede to make the 1.2 billion people proud by bringing the cup back to where it belongs to after 28 years and making the God’s dream come true.
These are the few highlights of Gambhir’s 15 year career.
Above all these achievements and awards, the attitude with which he played the sport. The spirit he inculcated in the young players by being the captain for KKR and that never say die attitude. They all will be some good stuff to learn from the little man.
Thank you for being the one to look up-to. Thank you for all your services. Thank you for the entertainment. Thank you Gauti.