As Gautam Gambhir Turns 37, Here Are Five Times He Said What Needed To Be Said

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From being a great captain to a zealous player on the field, Gautam Gambhir has not only proved himself as a sportsman, but also a nationalist who always stood up for his country and its people.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

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:

1. When he hit back at Omar Abdullah for his comments of the death of Manan Wani

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. 

READ:Gautam Gambhir Attacks Political Leaders In Kashmir Behind 'young Men Like Manan Wani Leaving Books And Picking Guns'; Omar Abdullah Hits Back With 'no Knowledge' Comment

2. When Gambhir slammed Shahid Afridi for his tweet insulting Indians

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:

READ: Gautam Gambhir Tears Apart Shahid Afridi After Pak Cricketer Insults India And Backs Terrorists

3. When Gambhir wore ‘bindi’ and ‘dupatta’ to support Transgender community

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.

READ: VIRAL: Gautam Gambhir Wears 'bindi' And 'dupatta' While Endorsing His Support To Transgender Community

4. When Gambhir pledged to support the education of martyred Jammu and Kashmir cop’s daughter

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.

READ:  Gautam Gambhir To Support Education Of Martyred J&K Cop's Daughter

5. When Gambhir expressed his discontent over shortcomings in safety measures for women:

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. 


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