August 2, 2008 2:42am CST
Gautham Gambhir is a great find for India. Since last 12 months, he has been the most consistent run-maker. But recently, I have seen him being restless. He is getting starts but then throwing away his wicket... In the ASIA CUP Final, Virender Sehwag and Gautham Gambhir were off to a fantastic start. Then from no where Gambhir played a loose shot which was not required, lost his wicket and then what happened later is history.. Same happened in the both innings of first test match against Srilanka. He got the start and then lost his wicket foolishly. In the second innings, when India was following on, he came down the track to the Muralitharan... I was amazed.. I think someone should tell gambhir to relax and give some price for his wicket. He has to serve India for a long time....
2 Aug 08
As a 17-year-old stripling in 2000, Gautam Gambhir's attacking strokeplay at the top of the order for Delhi set tongues wagging in India, not least in the ranks of the opposition. Fast-bowler bullies have paid the price for mistaking Gambhir's slight build and shy demeanour for signs of meekness. His compact footwork, high bat-speed and a brashly youthful approach befuddled bowlers more than once as cautious defence was replaced by the aerial route over point. His success took him close to the Indian side when Zimbabwe toured early in 2002. He had pasted successive double-centuries one for Delhi and another for the Board Presidents' XI against the tourists and seemed to be a shoo-in as Shiv Sunder Das's opening partner. But the selectors persisted instead with the band-aid solution of Deep Dasgupta. Gutted but determined, Gambhir soldiered on, pressing his case with particular urgency in the West Indies with the Indian A side early in 2003. When several senior players asked to be rested after the World Cup, Gambhir was summoned from the wings into the national squad for the TVS Cup in Dhaka. And then, the biggest reward: a call-up into India's Test squad for the fourth Test against Australia at Mumbai, in 2004-05. He has had a stop-start career so far, unable to cement his spot in either Test or ODI team, but got another chance after India's poor showing in the 2007 World Cup, being picked for the one-day series in Bangladesh. A century on that tour, and a run of success over the summer in Ireland and India, culminated in a stellar performance during the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. Gambhir was the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament, scoring four half-centuries, including a brilliant 75 against Pakistan in the final. Then came the slide - he managed just one fifty in eight ODIs against Australia and Pakistan at home, and was ruled out of India's Test series in Australia with a shoulder injury. But a strong Ranji Trophy campaign, which ended in Gambhir taking Delhi to the title with another hundred, and he was back in India's young one-day squad for the CB Series in Australia. He was one of the architects of India's astonishing triumph in that series, finishing as the overall leading run-getter with 440 runs and he carried the momentum into the IPL, ending second in the list with 534 runs. The sustained run of form helped him force his way into the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series in July 2008.
3 Aug 08
well yes he is a fine talent and he is the most dependable player in the last 12 months india played. he performed well in all three format of the games. he has god defense, he can attack and he has a very free flowing style of playing. when he plays, he makes thing look easy. and he dictates the terms. now is just just getting matured and i am sure he will understand as time goes that there is a difference between a good player and a very good player. a good one will make 50 or 60 runs and will get out. but the good ones are those who convert them into hundres and in the end into match winning inns and then you have great players like sachin, saurav who bring a new dimension, they dictate, they bring fear to the oponents
2 Aug 08
What i can say about this player as i hav very less word 2 describe him....that is "his shot were delicious like chiken 4 me","mindyyyyyyyyblowing lofted cover shots like tendulkar plays ".He is a great find 4 India....and alway play a match winning innings...And hav a long hands behind the victory either with the bat or with his fielding ability....His attitute is like Arjun that we saw in mahabarat...when he hold his bat and enters the cricket arena....its seem 2 me like Arjuna has its danus in his hand and enter 2 hit his enemy......Here i describe enemy as ball.......