During his illustrious international career which is obviously off the track at the time being, Gautam Gambhir faced the best of bowlers that have graced the cricket field. Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn are some of the bowlers that Gambhir faced during his career but all of them did not cause as much problem for the India opener as South Africa star Morne Morkel did.
In fact, Gambhir had such a hard time against the right-arm pacer that he bought him for his team Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. The World Cup-winning star revealed his pick for the ‘fiercest bowler’ he has faced during an episode of ‘Breakfast with Champions’.
The host Gaurav Kapoor asked him:“The fiercest bowler you ever faced? or a few?”
Without any slight hesitation, Gambhir replied:“Morne Morkel in South Africa”
When Kapoor asked whether the awkward bound made him tough to handle, Gambhir said:“That’s why I got him. Honestly, that’s why we got him in KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders). I thought he was the toughest bowler I faced. Even when he was playing for Delhi, every time I would face him I would come back and say I wish we had Morne Morkel.”
“And the moment he was released, I said Morne Morkel,” he added.
In a freewheeling chat, the left-handed batsman spoke on various topics ranging from why he is so competitive, his love for army, sledging and much more.
“Very and the reason was that I grew up in an environment where on Saturdays and Sundays I used to get an opportunity of playing a game with friends. If you are unbeaten on Sunday, you will get a turn next week on Saturday and if you get out Sunday then you have to wait for your opportunity the next Sunday,” said Gambhir when asked whether he is fiercely competitive.
“So the thing was I wanted to score runs, I wanted to be unbeaten, I wanted another opportunity the next week. So that made me competitive as well. I knew that if I wasn’t competitive then the next week I might be a fielder. And you would never want to do that because you wait an entire week just to end up fielding. So that is not great thing,” he added.
Watch the full interview: