One of the most bankable openers the Indian cricketing world has seen, Gautam Gambhir, turned 37 on Sunday. While 'Gauti' the cricketer has had more than his fair share of success both at the international front and in the IPL, Gambhir, who had become popular for his intense grit during his play, has also translated this to the stands he takes on non-cricketing issues.
As the linchpin of India's 2011 World Cup win turns 37, here are five times when Gautam Gambhir said what was needed to be said:
In a series of tweets exchanged between Gautam Gambhir and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, Gambhir hit out at the political parties and leaders in J&K, terming them to be the reason behind people like Manan Wani leaving books and picking up guns. Manan Wani, along with another terrorist named Asiq Tanwari were gunned down by the security forces in Handwara area of North Kashmir’s frontier district Kupwara on Thursday.
On April 03, 2018, Gautam Gambhir rubbished former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi's tweet and opinion where he had insulted India and backed Pak-based terror, terming terrorists 'innocent'. Gambhir had tweeted:
Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What’s there to react, guys? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN”. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is as usual celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!
This statement by Gambhir had come in the wake this tweet by Afridi:
On September 14, 2018, the cricketer caught the headlines for breaking stereotypes as he wore a 'bindi' and 'dupatta', highlighting his support for the transgender community during the Hijra Habba event. This incident took place a week after the five-judge bench of Supreme Court stood for LGBT rights and decriminalised gay sex.
In September 2017, Gambhir announced that he will support the education of Zohra, the daughter of the assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police Abdul Rasheed who was martyred in the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag in August 2017. Gambhir backed his words with action as he said that he will help the Zohra realise her dreams and support her education for life.
On July 9, 2018, while the country was celebrating the verdict of the Supreme Court in which it upheld the death penalty awarded to the rapists in the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, Gautam Gambhir shared his stance in the matter as he expressed his discontent over the prevailing inadequacy of safety measures for women in the country in the wake of Nirbhaya gang-rape case.