I had given up on cricket after missing the 2007 World Cup: Gautam Gambhir

Having made his ODI debut back in 2003, Gambhir failed to cement his place in the side that time and the rejection got to him
I had given up on cricket after missing the 2007 World Cup: Gautam GambhirGautam Gambhir went onto win two World Cups with Team India. (Photo: Getty)
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Former cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir had a great international career with Team India and was instrumental in helping Men in a Blue win two World Cup (2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup ). The opener retired from all forms of cricket back in December 2018 after representing Delhi in one of the matches in the Ranji Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Well, the retirement could have come much earlier for the left-hander i.e 2007 when couldn’t make the World Cup in the West Indies that year.

Having made his ODI debut back in 2003, he failed to cement his place in the side that time and the rejection got to him, so much so that he wished to bid adieu to the sport.

“In 2007, when I missed the 50-over World Cup, that was the lowest moment in my cricketing career. I had given up on cricket. Before that, I had missed both U-14 and U-19 World Cups. In 2007 I thought I was the closest to play the World Cup, but when they did not include me in the squad, I had given up on cricket,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in India Today.

The left-hander was picked in the Indian squad for the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and from thereon things changed drastically as Gambhir never look back and cement his place in India's top order across all formats.  He was once also the ICC’s number one Test batsman back in 2009.

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