Gautam Gambhir sheds light on Team India’s biggest prankster

Gambhir is doing reasonably well in domestic cricket for Delhi this season.

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Gautam Gambhir is having a very good time in domestic cricket for Delhi of late. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy season thus far, Gambhir has scored 632 runs in 8 first-class games with 3 centuries and 3 fifties.

The seasoned Delhi opener recently had a conversation with television presenter Gaurav Kapur on his popular talk show 'Breakfast with Champions' wherein he spoke his heart out and disclosed quite a few dressing room secrets including the biggest prankster in the Indian cricket team.

"Bhajji was the biggest prankster. No doubt. He was a rockstar. If you are in his company... You won't get bored. Not Yuvraj or anyone, he is the best guy to have in the dressing room," said Gambhir while speaking with Gaurav Kapur in BWC.

Fondly known as Gauti, the southpaw has scored 20 international centuries (9 in Tests and 11 in ODIs) for India besides playing many more valuable innings. On being asked about his most favourite and memorable knock, Gambhir said: "One moment I will always cherish is the Napier Test against New Zealand in 2009. I have been a traditionalist. Napier is always close to my heart. My most memorable knock was Napier. Never imagined that I could have batted for 60 hours".

Gambhir, who has represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also made it clear that he regards Test cricket as the ultimate format.

"I prefer Test cricket than ODIs and T20s as it makes you a better player," opined Gauti.

Talking about his idol while growing up, the Delhi lad said: "I never idolised anyone, always had the feeling of playing for India. Never had this thing that I wanted to bat with someone."

However, he confessed that he enjoyed batting with the legendary Rahul Dravid since it brought the best out of him.

"My best came out with Rahul Dravid as he always gave me the sense of calmness, sense of patience. Looking at him at the non-striker's end, made me more patient which helps in the Test format. Assurity is important at the Test level and that's what Rahul gave me," said Gambhir.


By Salman Anjum - 20 Dec, 2017

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