In another memorable episode of Breakfast with Champions, out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir spilled some beans on the Indian dressing room, revealing the biggest prankster in the team, the player with whom he enjoyed to bat the most and more.
The episode began with the left-handed batsman revealing the name of the biggest prankster during his time in the Indian dressing room. Gambhir said that Harbhajan was the biggest prankster and was better than the likes of Yuvraj Singh and others.
“Bhajji was the biggest prankster. No doubt. He was a rockstar. If you are in his company… You won’t get bored. Not Yuvraj or anyone, he is the best guy to have in the dressing room,” Gambhir said.
The southpaw, who was India’s top-scorer in the final of 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup, further said that his match-saving knock against New Zealand in Napier in 2009 is his most cherished knock.
“One moment I will always cherish is the Napier Test against New Zealand in 2009. I have been a traditionalist. Napier is always close to my heart. My most memorable knock was Napier. Never imagined that I could have batted for 60 hours”.
Replying to New Zealand’s mammoth total of 619 runs, India were asked to follow on after being dismissed for only 305 runs in their first innings. The Indian team was looking down the barrel on a swinging pitch only to see Gautam Gambhir play one of the best innings of his career to earn India a memorable draw. Opening the innings, Gambhir occupied the crease for nearly 160 overs and scored 137 runs in 643 minutes.
Gambhir also said that he prefers the longest format of the game over the limited-overs format, saying: “I prefer Test cricket than ODIs and T20s as it makes you a better player.”
He went on to reveal that he enjoyed batting with Rahul Dravid, stating that Dravid’s calmness and patience helped him to give his best.
“My best came out with Rahul Dravid as he always gave me the sense of calmness, sense of patience. Looking at him at the non-striker’s end, made me more patient which helps in the Test format. Assurity is important at the Test level and that’s what Rahul gave me,” he said.
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