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Fatherhood has brought me a lot of joy and luck: Gautam Gambhir

Cricketer Gautam Gambhir perhaps wouldn’t have thought they’d win the IPL. But his stars changed and how. The 32-year-old Delhiite, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to victory, says he owes all his good luck to his month-old daughter, Aazeen.

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Struggling for form just till a few months ago, cricketer Gautam Gambhir perhaps wouldn’t have thought they’d win the IPL. But his stars changed and how. The 32-year-old Delhiite, who led the Kolkata-based franchise to victory, says he owes all his good luck to his month-old daughter, Aazeen.

“Fatherhood has brought me a lot of joy and luck; I am thankful to the creator. The other day, one of my friends suggested that whenever I walk out to bat, my profile should read: Gautam Gambhir: Indian cricketer, World Cup winner, Arjuna Awardee and now a Proud Father.”

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How was it to handle double the pressure, since you were away at the tournament when the baby arrived?
The rules don’t allow players to carry phones into the dressing room on match days. So, there were days I’d think Natasha may have delivered when the game was on, and later I would switch on the phone with all the anxiety in the world. In hindsight, I don’t think I’d have been able to handle the ­pressure of seeing my wife go through labour. I can’t see my ­family in pain. I am proud of my wife and my mother who handled the entire pregnancy so well. I’ve always ­respected mothers, but ­seeing what my wife went through to get our baby into this world has only ­increased my respect for my mother.

What are the important values that you would want to inculcate in your child?
My present is so beautiful that I am not thinking that far at all. But I’d definitely want our next generation to grow up in a religion-free world. A place which doesn’t depend on your religion to give you an identity. A place that practises and identifies just one virtue — humanity.