New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir strongly opposed the idea of resuming cricket between India and Pakistan. Gambhir believes that unless Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, India should not play cricket with that neighboring country. Gautam Gambhir said: “After all, cricket doesn’t matter, but our soldiers keep it.”
Terrorist attacks on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir
Despite facing international pressure, Pakistan says it has cracked down on flourishing terrorist groups in its country, but it has continued to send armed militants to Jammu and Kashmir. In recent weeks, terrorist attacks against civilians and security forces have also increased in the territory of the newly created Union.
Gambhir said – our soldiers matter
Gambhir (Gautam Gambhir) argued that Indian cricketers are paid generously to play for the country, but the soldiers selflessly protect the country. Gambhir said: “I did no favors playing for the country and winning the game, but look at someone defending us on the border of Siachen or Pakistan and risking their life with some money. In fact, he is our country’s greatest hero.
Gambhir wanted to join the army since his childhood
Gambhir wanted to join the Indian Army since he was a child, but when he was in school and started playing in the prestigious Ranji Trophy played at home, his parents made him play for India at the international level. Gambhir recalled this, saying: “It was another way of defending the country, so I accepted.
His love for the army uniform remains intact
Although his love for the Army and the Indian Army uniform remains intact, he refused to accept any honorary offer to join the Territorial Army for civilians in India. Describing the soldiers’ uniform as sacred, he said the soldiers who wore it shed their blood, sacrificing their lives while protecting the country. He said, “Anyone who doesn’t sacrifice so much, shouldn’t wear this uniform.”
‘No cricket with Pakistan’
The former left-handed opener believes it is the moral responsibility of every Indian to speak to soldiers shooting bullets in Jammu and Kashmir due to Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism. It is known that under the captaincy of cricketer Gautam Gambhir, the Indian team won all six ODIs from 2010 to 2011.
Gambhir said: “They give their lives to protect us. At least we can support them. Gambhir insisted that India should not play cricket with Pakistan until Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism. Gambhir is the only Indian and among four international cricketers to have scored for centuries in five consecutive test matches.