The only thing a player can do is to perform on the field and the rest is left on the selectors. And it is really unfortunate for a player that despite giving consistent performances he is ignored from the national team. And batting star Gautam Gambhir is going through a similar phase. He was one of the most important batsmen in the Indian team during the second half of the last decade. The southpaw played an important role in helping India win two World Cups and reach the pinnacle of Test cricket. But he now completely out of favour with the Indian team. After the 2011 World Cup his form dipped and after a string of poor performances, he was dropped from the team. His turbulent relationship with Indian skipper MS Dhoni did not help him either. He last played for India at the Oval in 2014 where he only managed three runs in his two innings. And ever since then he has never been considered by the selectors for a spot in the team.
But since then he has been performing consistently in the domestic arena. He continued his brilliant performance in the Indian Premier League too but still did not get a callback. Well, selectors not considering him for the limited overs team was understandable as the limited overs team was looking settled.
However, after his brilliant show in the Duleep Trophy, fans were expecting him to be included in the squad for the New Zealand series especially after regular opener Shikhar Dhawan’s poor performance against West Indies. The Delhi batsman has scored an impressive 320 runs in four innings. His scores, in the ongoing Duleep Trophy, reads 90, 59,77 and 94. But the selectors did not include any new name in the team that defeated West Indies and as expected Gambhir was hugely disappointed. Gambhir took to Twitter express his disappointment but vowed to fight.
Here is the tweet:
I'm disappointed but not defeated; I'm cornered but not a coward. Grit my partner, courage my pride…for, I must fight, I must fight…
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 12, 2016