There are bad phases in a player’s career. Then there are disastrous phases in a player’s career. Then comes Gautam Gambhir’s phase. Yes, I know, you are shocked to see his name come up suddenly, but it can’t be helped. The phase, which he is in presently can be regarded as worse than worst. Many say that he is currently undergoing a bad phase in his batting career. Well, they are saying this from the day Gambhir was dropped from the Indian team. However, everybody wants him to come back in the Indian team and once again start thrashing bowlers which he so often did in his entire career!
When the IPL (seventh edition) started, Indian fans had their eyes fixed on two of the legends of modern Indian cricket in the form of Virender Sehwag and the one and only, Gautam Gambhir. As the former has started firing a bit, fans are still waiting for Gauti’s bat to speak.
Every time I notice the left hander coming to the crease with his trademark MRF bat, determination is clearly seen in his eyes as if he is out there to shut the critics. It becomes clear that he is out there to remind the world of the player who has been instrumental in his team’s two world cup victories- 2007 T20 and 2011. Even we expect him to score runs, so that we can again witness the deadly pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the upcoming world cup.
But somehow, that expectations seems to be getting out of reach. The runs which he is scoring depicts as if he is just interested in binary digits. Yes, now you would expect a century from him!
Even in Ranji trophy he failed to make his mark and with players like Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gaining importance, the Knight Rider (unfortunately, that’s what he was left to be called) was neglected for world tournaments too.
So, the IPL was, or rather is, an important platform for him to score some runs and win a highly improbable chance of getting back to the Indian team.
The highly anticipated tournament, however, started in the worst possible way for Gautam Gambhir. Being dismissed off a typical Malinga Yorker, scoring nothing and that too after facing eight deliveries is absolutely what you call a worst possible start. That dismissal was followed by another in the next match which was highly planned by the captain of Delhi Daredevils. He put a leg slip in to which Gambhir gave a catch practice and thus, another duck for him. The third duck came “quacking” for our dear opener after an inswinging delivery from Starc hit the pads and was, correctly, given out.
The batsman was highly disgusted after that dismissal. Many fans would have become emotional when they saw that sight. Quite rightly, it really feels bad when a batsman of great calibre is in such form. When you think back that he was the man behind the impounding success that India achieved since 2007, it really is disappointing to hear jokes like “the helmet has scored more runs than Gautam Gambhir in this IPL”.
After being dismissed, scenes are shown of him sitting quietly in the dressing room, biting his nails. Such sights demoralizes a team easily and if he wants to regroup his team, his bat should start speaking.
Thus, if he continues playing like the way he has for the first two weeks, this IPL will also be a wasted opportunity for him to make a comeback. He is in a position that even his place is at stake for the Knight Riders. He has to, in some way or the other, forget all pressure situations surrounding him and start playing in his normal attacking touch, otherwise he will remain a cauldron of bad luck and wasted opportunities!