Gautam Gambhir

Country: India
Born: October 14, 1981, Delhi
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Gautam Gambhir Bio

Gautam Gambhir, hailing from India, is a former professional cricket player who left an indelible mark on the game during his career. Known for his versatility, determination, and ability to excel in all forms of the game, he is considered one of the most complete batters of his generation.

Born on October 14, 1981, in Delhi, Gambhir’s cricketing journey started at a young age. He made his international debut in 2003 against Bangladesh, but it took him some time to find his feet at the highest level. For the first eight years of his career, he struggled to replicate his domestic success in international cricket, with only two centuries to his name after 32 matches. Disappointingly, he was left out of the 2007 World Cup squad, a setback that drove him to work even harder to prove his worth.

Undeterred, Gambhir returned to domestic cricket and made significant technical adjustments to his game. His perseverance paid off, and he earned a recall to the national team. In his second ODI back, he smashed a century, followed by a match-winning 75 in the inaugural T20 World Cup, which marked his return to Test cricket.

From October 2008 to February 2010, Gambhir’s star shone brightly. In this period, he scored eight magnificent centuries, setting up wins, batting teams out, and demonstrating his ability to dig deep and hold on for draws. Among his incredible achievements was a near 11-hour innings in Napier, showcasing his tenacity and resilience.

Gambhir’s success was duly recognized, as he received the prestigious Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting honor, and was named the ICC Test player of 2009. His fellow teammate, Virender Sehwag, hailed him as the best Indian Test opener since the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.

One of Gambhir’s defining moments came in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. With India in a precarious situation, he played a match-winning knock of 97, leading his team to victory and etching his name in cricketing folklore. However, this triumph marked the beginning of a decline in his career.

During India’s tumultuous tours of England and Australia, Gambhir struggled with his technique, becoming an easy target for opposition bowlers. Despite the setbacks, he remained a fighter and returned to the national team in 2014. Unfortunately, his comeback was short-lived, as he was dropped after just two Tests.

Gambhir found solace and success in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After moving to Kolkata Knight Riders for a record-breaking sum of US$2.4 million, he became a mainstay in the team’s success, leading them to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. Throughout his IPL career, he consistently emerged as the top scorer for the Knight Riders.

In 2018, Gambhir decided to retire from all forms of cricket, concluding a remarkable journey that spanned over a decade. His contributions to the game were not only recognized with the Padma Shri, India’s second-highest civilian award, but he also became a Member of Parliament a year later.

Despite leaving the field, Gambhir’s association with the sport continues as he transitioned to a career in commentary. With over 10,000 runs in international cricket and his significant impact on Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir will forever be remembered as a resolute and accomplished cricketer.

Gautam Gambhir Career Stats

Gautam Gambhir Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 58 104 5 4154 206 41.95 8067 51.49 9 22 518 10 38 0
T20Is 37 36 2 932 75 27.41 783 119.02 0 7 109 10 11 0
ODIs 147 143 11 5238 150* 39.68 6144 85.25 11 34 561 17 36 0
FC 198 331 24 15153 233* 49.35 - - 43 68 - - 107 0
List A 299 292 19 10077 151 36.91 - - 21 60 - - 79 0
T20s 251 245 24 6402 93 28.96 5309 120.58 0 53 747 90 51 0

Gautam Gambhir Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 58 1 12 4 0 - - - 2 - 0 0 0
T20Is 37 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 147 1 6 13 0 - - - 13 - 0 0 0
FC 198 - 397 281 7 3/12 - 40.14 4.24 56.7 - 0 0
List A 299 - 37 36 1 1/7 1/7 36 5.83 37 0 0 0
T20s 251 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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