Former Indian cricket team opener and currently Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir has strongly opposed the idea of resuming cricket between India and Pakistan. Gambhir believes that until Pakistan stops terrorism along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, India should not play cricket with Pakistan.
Gambhir said this in an interview to IANS. Gautam Gambhir, the star of the 2007 India-Pakistan T20 World Cup final and the 2011 India-Sri Lanka ODI World Cup final, said, “After all, cricket doesn’t matter but our soldiers.”
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Although facing international pressure, Pakistan claims to have clamped down on militant groups flourishing in its country, but has continued to send armed militants to Jammu and Kashmir. Terrorist attacks against civilians and security forces have also increased in the newly created union territory in the last few weeks.
Gambhir, the national icon who commanded the BJP in Delhi in the 2019 parliamentary elections, argued that Indian cricketers are paid handsomely to play for the country, but the soldiers selflessly defend the country.
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Gambhir said, ‘I have done no favors to anyone by playing for the country and winning. But look at someone who is defending us on the Siachen or Pakistan border and is risking his life with just a little money. Actually, he is the greatest hero of our country.
Gambhir wanted to join the Indian Army since childhood, but when he was in school and started playing in the prestigious Ranji Trophy played at home level, his parents convinced him to play for India at the international level. Was.
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Gambhir, who represents East Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, recalled that, saying it was another way of standing up for the country, so I agreed. Although his love for the Army and the uniform of the Indian Army remains intact, he refused to accept any honorary offer to join the Territorial Army for civilians in India.
Gambhir termed the uniform of soldiers as sacred and said that the soldiers wearing it shed their blood, sacrificing their lives while protecting the country. He said, such a person, who does not sacrifice so much, then he should not wear this uniform. Gambhir insisted that India should not play cricket with Pakistan unless Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism.