India in the heart, 5 things about new coach Gautam Gambhir that won the hearts of fans

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Gautam Gambhir, who played an important role in making India champion in T20 World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011, has been appointed as the new coach of Team India. He will replace Rahul Dravid. Talking about Gambhir, after achieving success as a cricketer of Team India, he has also left a different mark as a skilled captain/strategist in the IPL. Gambhir, who is also surrounded by controversies due to his flat tone, has made Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL champion twice under his captaincy. Not only this, he has also played an important role in KKR's title win with his guidance as a mentor in the 2024 season. Gautam has also played the role of mentor of KL Rahul-led Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) team in 2022 and 2023.

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Known for his 'out of the box' thinking in a serious game with a serious nature, Gautam's moves are not easy to predict. He is also adept at making strategies according to the changes taking place in current cricket. While playing for the Indian team, he has scored 4154 runs in 58 Test matches, 5238 runs in 147 ODIs and 932 runs in 37 T20 matches. He has also captained the Indian team in 6 ODIs in which his success record is 100% i.e. he has led the team to victory in only 6 matches. Apart from cricket skills, Gautam has also won the hearts of the people with his charity work. He also became a Lok Sabha MP from BJP from East Delhi parliamentary seat in 2019, but making a shocking announcement in 2024, he decided not to contest the elections and focus more on his first love cricket.

Gautam may have distanced himself from politics for the time being, but India still resides in his heart. He openly expresses his views on various contemporary issues. He is also a pioneer in helping the needy through the Gautam Gambhir Foundation established in his name. He has received praise for coming forward to help the families of soldiers martyred in terrorist and Naxalite attacks. Not only this, he has also spoken against the advertisement of Pan Masala brands by celebrities including cricketers.

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Let us take a look at such works of Gautam Gambhir which left an impression on the hearts of people.

1. Providing delicious food to people at one rupee
Gautam has started Jan Rasoi in which delicious food is provided to the needy for just Rs 1. Thousands of people eat in Jan Rasoi every day. The food being provided by them is good in taste and nutritious. Sufficient amount of rice, dal/rajma/chickpeas, vegetable and salad is given in a plate. Jan Rasoi was first started in Gandhinagar on 24 December 2020. This number has now increased to 5. Here food is provided to the people from 12 noon to 3 pm. Gambhir takes special care that there is no shortage of funds for Jan Rasoi. When some people criticized Gambhir for earning a huge amount by doing commentary and becoming the mentor of an IPL team despite being an MP, this former cricketer had said that he does this work so that there is no shortage of funds for charity work like Jan Rasoi

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2. Public libraries to inculcate a reading habit among the youth
Gautam Gambhir has also established a public library to inculcate a habit of reading among the youth. While being an MP, he has converted a closed garbage dump into a state-of-the-art library. The library has furniture. Apart from this, fans, AC and smart boards have also been installed. There is also Wi-Fi facility here, books are available here for offline study. The library has separate sections for adults, children, women and the elderly, in which books have been made available keeping in mind the preferences of these sections.

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3. Beared the expenses of education of the daughter of a martyred policeman
ASI Abdul Rashid was martyred in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. The picture of a daughter crying over her father's death, which went viral on social media, brought tears to everyone's eyes. Saluting Abdul Rashid's martyrdom, Gambhir tweeted, 'Zohra please… don't let these tears fall on the ground. I doubt if Mother Earth will be able to bear the burden of this pain, salute to your martyred father.' He further wrote, 'Zohra, I cannot put you to sleep by singing a lullaby, but I will definitely help you in realizing your dreams. I will help you throughout your life for your education.'

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4. Announcement of help to the families of martyred CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh
In 2017, Gautam Gambhir came forward to help the families of CRPF jawans martyred in the Naxalite attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. He announced to bear the education expenses of the children of 25 martyred jawans through the 'Gautam Gambhir Foundation'. Gambhir wrote in a tweet, 'Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take responsibility for the entire education of the children of these martyrs. My team has started working on this and soon I will give information about the progress made on this.' Similarly, in 2018, Gambhir took responsibility for the education and other expenses of the son of martyred CRPF jawan Diwakar Das of Assam.

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5. He gave his Man of the Match award to young Virat
In 2009, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli played a key role in Team India's 7-wicket win against Sri Lanka (India vs Sri Lanka) in an ODI match played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This was the first century of Virat's ODI career. In the match, Virat scored 107 runs with the help of 11 fours and a six, while Gambhir scored 150 runs with the help of 14 fours. Gambhir was declared the Player of the Match, but the left-handed batsman gave his award to Virat Kohli. Everyone praised Gautam's generosity to encourage the young player. Thanks to the centuries of Gautam and Virat, the Indian team successfully chased the score of 315 runs of the Sri Lankan team in this match.

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