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Monday, July 15th, 2024

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

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

Known for his/her ‘out of the box’ thinking in a serious game with a serious nature, it is not easy to guess his/her moves. he/she is also adept at making strategies according to the changes in the current cricket. While playing for the Indian team, he/she has scored 4154 runs in 58 Tests, 5238 runs in 147 ODIs and 932 runs in 37 T20Is. he/she has also captained the Indian team in 6 ODIs in which his/her success record is 100% i.e. he/she 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/her charity work. he/she also became a Lok Sabha MP from BJP from East Delhi parliamentary seat in 2019, but in 2024, making a shocking announcement, he/she decided not to contest the elections and focus more on his/her first love cricket.

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

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

1. Providing delicious food to people for one rupee
Gautam has started Jan Rasoi in which tasty food is made available to the needy for just Rs 1. Thousands of people eat food in Jan Rasoi every day. The food being provided by him/her is good in taste and nutritious. Sufficient amount of rice, lentils/rajma/chickpeas, vegetables and salad are 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 made available to 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/she does this work so that there is no shortage of funds for charity work like Jan Rasoi. he/she had said that he/she spends money from his/her own pocket for this.

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2. Public library to inculcate reading habit among youth
To inculcate the habit of reading among the youth, Gautam Gambhir has also established Jan Library. As an MP, he/she has converted a closed garbage dump into a state-of-the-art library. The library is equipped with 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 lost his/her life in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. The viral photo of a daughter crying over her father’s death 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 can bear the burden of this pain, salute to your martyred father.’ he/she further wrote, ‘Zohra, I cannot put you to sleep by singing a lullaby, but I will help you in realizing your dreams. I will help you for your education throughout your life.’

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4. Announcement of help to the families of martyred CRPF soldiers in Chhattisgarh
In 2017, Gautam Gambhir had come forward to help the families of the martyred CRPF soldiers in the Naxalite attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. he/she had announced to bear the education expenses of the children of 25 martyred soldiers through ‘Gautam Gambhir Foundation’. Gambhir had written in the 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 inform about the progress made on it.’ Similarly, in 2018, Gambhir had taken responsibility for the education and other expenses of the son of martyred CRPF soldier Diwakar Das of Assam.

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5. he/she gave his/her Man of the Match award to young Virat
In the year 2009, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli played a key role in Team India’s 7-wicket victory by scoring centuries against Sri Lanka (India vs Sri Lanka) in the ODI match played at Eden Gardens, 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 this left-handed batsman gave his/her award to Virat Kohli. Everyone praised this generosity shown by Gautam 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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