Gautam Gambhir is one of the most prolific opening batsman for India who ended his International career with 242 matches where he scored more than 10,000 runs. Gambhir was instrumental in the 2011 world cup final where he played a match changing 97 to win the trophy for India.
Gambhir also scored 932 runs in 37 matches with seven half-centuries in T20 cricket. Despite all his achievement, Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has given a big statement about the career of former India International.
Irfan has claimed that it is because of him that the Gambhir’s career ended. Irfan said that during the India-Pakistan series in 2012, Gambhir was unable to face him and felt uncomfortable. He added that he could not read his balls due to his 7 feet height. Its worth mentioning that the Delhi lad played one more white ball series against England after which he was dropped from the team and could not come back. He came back to the test side in 2016 but inconsistent run certainly ended his national dream.
“When I played against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan told SAMAA TV.
“Gautam Gambhir was afraid of me. I think his career ended because of me. He didn’t return to the team after that.
“He didn’t like to face me in match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got out him three times in the 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,” said Irfan, who had played 84 Internationals for Pakistan(60 ODIs, 4 tests and 20 T20s)
Gambhir played his last T20 International against Pakistan in that particular series at Ahmedabad.