Welcome Back, Gauti. You were missed.

“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” – Tweet by Gautam Gambhir on September 12, 2016 (the day the test squad for the New Zealand tour of India is announced).

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“Nothing is over until you stop trying and I’m not done yet!” – Tweet by Gautam Gambhir on September 21, 2016 (on the eve of India’s 500th test match).

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“Excitement of a debutant, certainty of experienced, nervousness of a novice…am feeling it all. Eden here I come loaded with ambitions” – Tweet by Gautam Gambhir on September 27, 2016 (on the day Gautam Gambhir is named as K.L. Rahul’s replacement in the test squad for New Zealand’s tour of India).

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You have over 4,000 Test runs at an average of nearly 43.

You have over 5,200 ODI runs at an average of nearly 40.

You have nearly 14,000 First Class runs at an average of nearly 50.

You have partnered Virender Sehwag as one half of India’s most successful opening combination.

You have top scored in the WT20 final in 2007.

You have top scored in the 2011 World Cup final.

You were dropped in 2014 after a string of low scores on India’s tour of England, after aggregating only 25 runs on that tour.

You have swallowed your pride and gone back to domestic cricket.

You have scored loads of runs in the IPL.

You have led Kolkata Knightriders to two IPL titles.

Your old pal Sehwag has retired but you have stuck around.

Finally, you have averaged over 71 in the Duleep Trophy, including four 50+ scores in five innings and have become impossible for the selectors to ignore.

India are going back to Eden Gardens. Which is like your second home. You might not make the playing XI against New Zealand, but we at 1 Tip 1 Hand are glad to see you back in the test squad.

Remember what Mahatma Gandhi said – first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Go well, Gauti.

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