Narendra Modi lauded former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhirfor his contributions to Indian sports over the years. He also hailed therecently retired cricketer for his community services. Gambhir had recently announced retirement from all forms of cricket, drawing curtains on an almosttwo-decade-long professional career, which saw him achieve great heights at the highest level for the country.
One of the finest openers to have played the game, Gambhir represented India across formats after making his international debut in April 2003 against Bangladesh in an ODI match. While he is fondly remembered for playing two absolutely heroic knocks in the finals of the 2007 T20I World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup respectively, the southpaw also won two Indian Premier League titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Let me begin by congratulating you for your stupendous contribution to Indian sports! India will always be grateful to you for your memorable performances, many of which resulted in historic victories for ournation,” Modi wrote in a letter for Gambhir, which was posted by theformer cricketer on his Twitter account.
“I am sure the journey was filled with both ups and downs but your dedication and persistence ensured that you began to play forthe nation. Within a short span, you emerged as a dependable opener, who oftentook the team to flying starts,” the Prime Minister added.