On the occasion of his 36th birthday, Gautam Gambhir opened up about his relationship with former Indian teammates Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag. The Delhi-born batsman made the revelations through a couple of videos, uploaded on Kolkata Knight Riders' official YouTube channel.
After making his first-class debut in the 1999-00 season, Gambhir graduated to the national team and made his debut in 2003. In an illustrious career, the southpaw played alongside some of the greats of the game and won two World Cups as well.
The left-hander spent a considerable amount of time with Sehwag especially, given the fact that both of them played for Delhi together. Moreover, the duo were also part of both the World T20 and the ODI World Cup-winning teams, and so was Yuvraj Singh. Gambhir credited the time they spent playing together for the camaraderie.
The KKR captain further added that Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Munaf Patel are also his close friends.
“I spent a lot of time with Viru (Virender Sehwag). Obviously, Ishant (Sharma) is a very good friend. Munaf (Patel) is a good friend. I grew up with Amit Mishra and we practised a lot together. I also spent a lot of time with Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) when we played together. I share a great relationship with all these guys as we have seen all the highs and lows together,” Gambhir said.
These memories will stay with us for the rest of our lives: Gambhir
Further expanding on his experience with the aforementioned players, Gambhir said that he spent some of the best, and the worst, days of his cricketing life with these players. World T20 and the ODI World Cup, along with the whitewash India suffered on their tour to England in 2011, being a part of those days.
“I think some of our great cricketing moments have been together, especially winning 2007 WT20 and 2011 World Cup. And also some of the lowest moments like getting whitewashed in England. It has always been great fun because I am sure once all us retire, these memories will stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Though not a part of the international set-up anymore, Gambhir is still going strong for KKR and Delhi, and slammed a century for his state side in the first round of this year's Ranji Trophy a week ago.