Former swashbuckling left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir added yet another feather to his cap as he was awarded with India's fourth highest civilian award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday for his outstanding contribution in Cricket.
Gambhir was so ecstatic after winning the award that he had no hesitation in expressing his happiness on Twitter.
At the same time, an excited Gambhir did not hesitate in jokingly taking a jibe at his wife Natasha on Twitter.
Gambhir was also awarded the Arjuna Award back in 2008 when he was in prime form. He had announced his retirement from the game in December 2018 after having played 58 Tests, 147 ODI's and 37 T20Is for India. He played an important role in India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup triumphs. He played match-winning knocks in both the finals by scoring 75 and 97 respectively.
Apart from a memorable international career, Gambhir has also had a successful IPL career having led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 respectively. He kickstarted his IPL career during its inaugural edition in 2008 with Delhi Daredevils for three seasons before heading to the Kolkata franchise where he went on to become one of the most successful IPL captains. His ended his association with the Knight Riders after seven seasons before moving back to Delhi Daredevils last year in what would eventually turn out to be his last IPL as a cricketer.
Post his retirement from all forms of Cricket, Gambhir is giving back to cricket as an expert by analysing the game of players and also as a commentator. He has also mentioned that he is open to the role of coaching.
As a passionate cricketer, Gambhir has never put himself above the team. He was a batsman who never backed out from taking risks irrespective of the situation. He will always remain Indian Cricket's unsung hero as well as a silent guardian who always stood for the team when it mattered.
Apart from Gambhir, other sportspersons who received the Padma Shri Award include Sunil Chhetri (Football), Dronavalli Harika (Chess), Sharath Kamal (Table Tennis), Bombayla Devi Laishram (Archery), Ajay Thakur (Kabaddi), Prashanti Singh (Basketball) and the World Wrestling Championship silver medalist Bajrang Punia.