Biography of Gautam Gambhir :-Gautam Gambhir is a Delhi-born Indian cricketer. His date of birth is October 14, 1981. Gautam Gambhir is a natural talent, he never looked back to change his batting style. He plays naturally, he can hit sixes, fours, but the immense strength lies in producing singles and doubles to rotate the strike in tough times. Gautam Gambhir is considered as the best player of spin for India since Sunil Gavaskar. Once he survives the early pace attack, he is literally unstoppable with his ones and twos amalgamated with a boundary when needed. Gambhir made his ODI debut against Bangladesh, his first test match was against Australia in November month of the same year of his ODI debut.
Biography of Gautam Gambhir
- Born:- 14 October 1981 (age 35), New Delhi, India
- ODI Debut:- 11 April 2003 v Bangladesh
- Last ODI:- 27 January 2013 v England
- Test Debut:- 3 November 2004 v Australia
- T20I Debut:- 13 September 2007 v Scotland
- Last T20I:- 28 December 2012 v Pakistan
Gambhir is a prominent left-handed opening batsman, his natural look makes him unpredictable as he plays around with his foot and bats to puzzle the opposing bowlers. The 5’ 6”Gautam is a spectacular fielder, he plays for Delhi in Domestic cricket and for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Gautam is the current captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and had won two titles for his team as a captain in IPL. Gautam Gambhir also played a match-winning role in ICC WT20 2007 final with a 50-run inning and again in ICC World Cup 2011 final by holding on in a critical situation alongside Virat Kohli when wickets were falling at the other end. He scored 97 runs in a low scoring match defending the total. Here is a complete biography of Gautam Gambhir.
Gautam Gambhir Stats and Records
The left-handed cricketer played 58 test matches, batted in 104 innings and scored 4154 runs with a batting average of 42. He has scored a double century along with 9 hundred and 22 fifties. His highest score is 206.
In ODIs, Gautam Gambhir appeared in 147 matches, played 143 innings and scored 5238 runs with a batting average of 39.68. The ODI centuries are more than he scored in Test format i.e. 11 with 34 half-centuries. His highest score was 150 not out. In 214 T20 matches combined, Gautam Gambhir scored 5394 runs, 44 fifties, with a batting average of 28.24 and the highest score of 93.
Gautam Gambhir is the only Indian Cricketer and fourth International cricketer who have scored five centuries in five consecutive games in Test cricket. He is also the only Indian cricketer to notch 300+ runs in four consecutive Test series for India. Gambhir is also the highest run-scorer for his team in Twenty 20 format. In the year 2009, Gambhir was awarded Arjuna Award, top rank in ICC Players Ranking, and ICC Test Player of the Year Award.
Early Domestic and International Career
Gautam Gambhir played for Delhi and India-A team. His two double centuries in a row against the visiting Zimbabwe team in the side matches earned a place for him in top order against Bangladesh in 2003. In his third international match, he was named a man of the match, thanks to his quality inning of 71. On his Test debut against Australia, he was unable to handle the pace and swing getting out early in both the innings of the test match. At last, in December 2014, Gautam Gambhir scored his first hundred against Bangladesh after a 96-run inning getting out on nervous nineties against South Africans.
He was dropped from the Test squad in 2005 but retained in the limited overs format. It wasn’t going smooth at all for Gambhir in these couple of years. He was not even a part of World Cup plan ahead. He was dropped from the World Cup 2007 squad for his poor and below average performance. Gambhir said many times that he wanted to quit, but he did not have any choice except it. After a shameful performance in ICC WC 2007, BCCI dropped seniors and looked for fresh talent, Gambhir was the one luckily. His career started again from a series against Bangladesh. He scored a century in that series and got selected for the next series that was against Ireland. His 80 not out inning earned MOM award and a ticket to be there for India in ICC WT20 2007 later that year.
India beat Pakistan in the all-important final and Gambhir was the primary factor for India throughout the tournament, he scored 227 runs and crucial 75 runs in the final match off 54 balls.
Once disappointed, Gambhir was soon having a year of his career. In 2008, he rose to the top starting with a century in Ranji Trophy win for Delhi. He was chosen as a first-priority opening batsman in CB series. He scored a century against Sri Lankan team, in the next match. He scored another century, this time against the Aussies. At the end of the series, Gautam Gambhir was the highest run-scorer in the series with a permanent place in Indian Cricket team.
In Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Gautam Gambhir scored his only double century, that too against Australia. After a successful Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Gambhir eyed on tour to New Zealand after being the leading run-scorer against England in December 2008. Despite bouncy pitches, Gautam Gambhir made it look easier by posting another century in the second test match. The ton helped India draw the match. In the third match, Gambhir scored 167 coming early in the second inning and gave India a match-winning lead that was later ruined by rain. In the same year, Gambhir was awarded ICC Test Player of the Year Award.
As A Captain
Gautam Gambhir captained India in a home series against New Zealand that was clean swept by India by a margin of 5-0. The series included his 150-run inning, still his highest score in ODI format.
ICC World Cup 2011-2015
Gautam Gambhir was one-down batsmen after the openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. He was at his best in the World Cup, his 97 runs in the final match when Sehwag got out quickly was a real test of nerves that he passed. After CWC 2011, India continued big in ODI format, and Gambhir was one of the factors that continued the good form. His average in 2011 was above 50 throughout. Gambhir was not getting what he wanted in test format. He enjoyed the success in a limited form, IPL, and T20i. After being dropped from Test format, Gambhir waited for 4 years to get back his place in the test team, he was selected for a series against New Zealand and then against Australia in 2017.
Gautam Gambhir in IPL:
Gautam Gambhir played three straight seasons for his hometown franchise Delhi DareDevils in Indian Premier League. He was picked up for nearly a million dollars in the first season. He paid all of it back to DD with 534 runs in 14 matches. His batting average was second-best in the League i.e. 41.07 per inning. He smashed 5 fifties in the inaugural season of the tournament. In IPL 2, Gautam was retained by Delhi DareDevils, but he couldn’t repeat the mesmerizing and juicy drives of the previous season. In 2009 season of IPL, Gambhir played 15 matches, scored 286 runs with a slightly low average of 33 and a single half-century in the whole season. In 2010, Gambhir was good in the later part of IPL with 2 fifties and an average of 30.77 with an overall score of 277 in 10 matches.
In 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders bought Gautam Gambhir for $2.4 Million, he was the highest-paid cricketer in the league history for his great sense to play T20 format. He was made the captain of the franchise by KKR. In 15 matches, Gautam Gambhir amassed 378 runs with an average of 34.68. He scored 2 centuries in the season and qualified for playoffs for the first time. IPL 2012 was one of the best seasons for Gautam Gambhir. As a captain, he won IPL for KKR, as a batsman, he scored 590 runs in 17 games with a batting average of 36.87 along with 6 fifties out of 9 by his team in the tournament. He also crossed 2000 runs in IPL. In IPL 2014, KKR were the champions, this time again under Gambhir’s leadership. His individual record was 335 runs in 16 matches and three fifties.
Gautam Gambhir Family and Personal Life
Gautam Gambhir is the son of Deepak Gambhir, an industrialist who resides in New Delhi. He was adopted by grandparents since he was born. Seem Gambhir is the mother of Gautam Gambhir, she is a housewife. Gautam Gambhir got married in Delhi in October 2011 to Natasha Jain who belongs to Gurgaon area of Delhi. The couple is blessed with a beautiful daughter, Aazeen Gambhir who was born on 1st May 2014.
Gautam Gambhir wife, Natasha Jain is a daughter of an influential industrial magnate, the couple met before the engagement was arranged. Both liked each other before marriage, but Gautam Gambhir calls in arrange marriage. The couple went to Spain to enjoy their honeymoon.
Pawan Gulati, Gambhir’s maternal uncle, played a pivotal role in building his career. Gautam Gambhir stayed at Pawan’s residence back in the 1990s.