‘Backed me when no one knew me’ – Kolkata player lavishes massive praise on Gautam Gambhir

The 35-year-old credits the World Cup winner for grooming him.

Gautam Gambhir is my idol

Indian cricket is currently brimming with talent. There are innumerable young talents coming through the ranks every season. Players like Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and many others have found a place in the Indian national side on the back of their Indian T20 League performance.

A rise in the number of young talent however comes with its unique set of challenges. The current times are saturated with players itching to perform but finding no place in the pinnacle of the sport. Caught in a similar conundrum is the Saurashtra wicket-keeper batter, Sheldon Jackson.

The 35-year-old has expressed high praise of Gautam Gambhir and owes him a great deal for making his career. The wicketkeeper sees the ex-Indian opener as his idol and has thanked him for bringing him into the Kolkata team when no one knew him.

Talking to Sprtskeeda, the Kolkata batter said, “Gautam Gambhir literally made me who I am today. He picked me up from a Ranji trophy team and he backed me back then when no one knew me.”He got me into KKR and groomed me. He is my idol.”, added the batter lavishing high praise on the World Cup winner.

The 35-year-old plays for the Kolkata team in Indian T20 League. The right-handed batter however could not impress the management with his batting this year. Having batted in 5 games, he was able to only make a paltry 23 runs at a poor average of 5.76. He was later replaced by Sam Billings due to subpar performance.

Contrary to his Indian T20 League form, however, the Saurashtra batter has had an impressive domestic record. In the 79 first-class matches played so far, the batter has accumulated a massive 5947 runs at a commendable average of 50.4. The Kolkata batter is also edging closer to 10,000 runs across all formats and has shown a great desire to play for the national side.

Speaking of the national side, team India is currently hosting South Africa in a five-match T20I series and have lost the first two. The third T20I is scheduled to take place on June 14th in Visakhapatnam.


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