WATCH: Gautam Gambhir shares video of how he was plastered on creamy pitch by VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan
Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir celebrated his 38th birthday on Monday. The cricketer-turned-politician continues to remain associated with cricket after his retirement and is currently working as an expert for the official broadcasters of the ongoing Test series between India and South Africa. Gambhir along with several other former Indian cricketers are part of the expert panel.
Gambhir celebrated his 38th birthday with his former Indian teammates and fellow members of the expert panel - VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan and RP Singh. In a video shared by the former batsman on Twitter, Laxman can be seen smothering his face with cake. Sharing the video on Twitter, Gambhir put out a hilarious message stating how he had to be 'plastered' on a 'creamy pitch' when two superb left-arm swing bowlers and a champion slip fielder is around.
Batsman तो मैं ठीक ही था but when 2 superb left-arm swing bowlers are hunting along with a champion slip fielder on a creamy pitch, then one is bound to get plastered!!! Thanks @VVSLaxman281@IrfanPathan@rpsingh@jatinsapru@StarSportsIndia#HappyBirthdayGautamGambhirpic.twitter.com/7Q832TzLpG— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 14, 2019
Gambhir, who was the hero of India's World Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2011, retired from all forms of cricket last year to focus on his political career. The former opener had played two memorable knocks in the finals of 2011 ODI World Cup and 2007 World T20 respectively helping India clinch glory.
He played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs for India amassing 4154 and 5238 runs respectively in the two formats. Gambhir also played 37 T20Is for India and notched up 932 runs. The former batsman has been vocal about both cricket and non-cricketing issues post his retirement and recently gave his take on what makes current Indian captain Virat Kohli stand out from his predecessors.
Kohli led India to a dominant win by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test against South Africa on Sunday in Pune. It was a record win for India, who have now won their last eleven home series on the trot. Gambir said it was Kohli's fearless approach which is his biggest plus.
"If you are scared of losing, you will never win and probably that's the biggest plus he has, he isn't scared of losing. We talk about Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni, but what Virat has created, India has started winning overseas as well," Gambhir said.