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For a cricket fan Gautam Gambhir
is defined through various lenses. He is a big match player having delivered in
high-pressure World Cup finals not once but twice and with one of them being
He is also your abrasive West Delhi young man
who is up for a combat when the other side could be merely inquiring time!
Behind that face lives a man who is emotional, sensitive but is blessed with a
vision. Some of these attributes which tilt towards emotions have been bred in
Gambhir ever since he was blessed with a daughter in 2014.
The former India opening
batsman shares that he can't say no to his daughter Aazeen. He often tells his
close friends that every since Aazeen came to his life he has been pretty
emotional towards the girl child. Gambhir was already enraged with the news of
25 CRPF jawans massacred in Chattisgarh by Maoists on Monday. The following day
when he saw pictures of grieving daughters of the two martyrs he was
distraught. This was the trigger moment for Gambhir. He immediately decided
that he will do something for the families of the martyrs and also get his team,
Kolkata KnightRiders, to play in Indian Premier League (IPL) with black armbands
to show solidarity with the families. He has decided to bear the
expenses of studies of all the children of martyred men.
Those who know the KKR captain
closely reveal that he will not stop here and will set up a wing in Gautam
Gambhir Foundation where in there could be more welfare schemes floated for
defence personnel. Another idea that Gambhir has never made public is that he
wants to have a school of his own. He has a novel idea, which is to have a daily
period where a representative of defence forces will share his experiences with
young Indians. Gambhir feels that the flame of patriotism needs to be kept
alive and the only way we can do it is by regular interactions with defence
officers. He is looking for a land around Delhi NCR and hopefully he will be
able to crack it soon.
This is not the first time that
Gambhir has extended support to someone in choppy waters. A while back he also
supported Asian Gold medallist boxer Dingko Singh who is battling with cancer.
A couple of years ago he financially supported Indian Ice Hockey team which didn't
have enough funds to travel for an outing abroad.
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