The feisty left-hander daintily walks down the aisle or disdainfully swats them over the top, or brings them on their haunches with his dour defence, as he did at the Mclean Park over six sessions, making a stodgy 137 in 642 minutes, in the just-concluded second Test against New Zealand.
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The left-hander batted for nearly the best part of two days ensuring that India escaped with one of the most unlikely draws from a position of no hope.
If New Zealand's fast bowlers would be sore before the final Test at Wellington on Friday, it could be attributed to Gambhir's resilience and sage-like temperament.
Though the Kiwis tried every trick they could conjure, they scarcely went past his broad bat during his marathon essay at Napier.