PM Narendra Modi showered praise on Gautam Gambhir for his huge contribution to Indian cricket including his work on social causes. Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, scoring 4154 runs at a massive average of 41.95. His 147 ODI games garnered 5238 runs, while in 37 T20 Internationals, he scored 932 runs.
Gambhir played a substantial role in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011 final. He brought a significant impact to Indian cricket and will always be remembered as the Unsung hero. Off the field, he has made ample contribution to society and there is no hiding to the fact that he doesn’t like publicity.
“Let me begin by congratulating you for your stupendous contribution to Indian sports! India will always be grateful to you for your memorable performances, many of which resulted in historic victories for our nation,” Modi wrote in the letter which was posted by Gambhir on his Twitter handle.
Modi lauded Gambhir’s passion for the game. “I am sure the journey was filled with both ups and downs but your dedication and persistence ensured that you began to play for the nation. Within a short span, you emerged as a dependable opener, who often took the team to flying starts,” the Prime Minister said.
According to PM Modi, the 37-year-old Gambhir was one of the most outspoken sportsmen who do not keep himself away from voicing their opinions on several issues facing the nation. “The firmness and frankness with which you have spoken about issues, especially relating to India’s unity and integrity have endeared you to people across the spectrum,” PM Modi said.
“Alongside your game, you have been at the forefront of several community service initiatives and this is extremely heartening to see. It is great when public figures show the way and devote time as well as resources towards bringing a positive difference in the lives of the lesser privileged,” he said.
“When you announced retirement from all forms of cricket, you left several well wishers of yours disappointed. However, this decision marks the start of not one but several other innings of your life. You will have the time and opportunity to pursue other aspects which you would have wanted to pursue a lot earlier but didn’t not have the time for,” Modi said.
There was a speculation that Gambhir may join politics as he announced his retirement from cricket but he politely rejected it.