The Wednesday newspapers left us all mourning over the somber demise of 25 jawans in the scuffle that took place between the Maoists and the CRPF in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. The Maoists had been monitoring the movements of the CRPF personnel and planned to attack them when they sat for lunch on the afternoon of April 24. 25 jawans were killed and 7 were critically injured in this ambush. Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, Gautam Gambhir was too appalled at the disquieting pictures on the front page of the papers that morning.

The sight of a daughter saluting her martyred father and another wailing daughter being consoled by her family members filled Gambhir with remorse over the incident, he wrote in his column for the Hindustan Times. Announcing that his foundation would bear the educational expenses of the children of the 25 jawans fully, he exclaimed that the initial steps were already being taken in the regard and he would soon share the progress on the work after consultation with his team at the ‘Gautam Gambhir Foundation.’

Sharing an insight on his state of mind for the Kolkata Knight Riders verses the Rising Pune Supergiant game at MCA stadium on wednesday, he said that it was hard to concentrate on the match being aware of the gruesome happening of the Chhattisgarh incident. Honoring the martyrs, Gambhir and team KKR, wore black arm bands to condole the death of the 25 jawans who lost their lives. He still managed to strike a match-winning half-century and climbed the ladder to the top of the points table, winning 6 off the 8 matches in Indian Premier League, 2017.

Gambhir attributed KKR’s success to the diligent hard work, selflessness and effective teamwork to reach this pedestal. He compared his cricket team with the armed forces, both sharing the same attributes but struck a variation saying that ” the quantum of losing a dear one while serving the country can never ever be compared to losing a cricket match.”

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