Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir: The Unbeatable

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We all know about Gautam Gambhir, a 50-over World Cup Winner & a T20I World Cup and arguably one of the best Cricketers India ever had. He was born on 14 October 1981. He started playing cricket at a very tender age and accomplished his dream to play International cricket when he debuted against Bangladesh during TVS Cup (ODI’s) in 2003, his maiden century came against Srilanka in 2005. He made his debut against Australia in year 2004 and his maiden century came in 2004 against Bangladesh but soon he was dropped due to indifferent form.

Gautam Gambhir

Further, he was not selected for the 2007 World Cup as the selectors opted for a top-order of Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar. It affected him badly and Gambhir later said that “When I got dropped for the World Cup, there were times I didn’t want to play anymore. I didn’t want to practise. I couldn’t motivate myself. With no other career options, Gambhir stuck with cricket. After India’s first-round exit from the tournament, Gambhir was selected for the One Day International on India’s 2007 tour of Bangladesh. Believing the series could be his last chance, Gambhir scored his second century on that tour and was subsequently selected for the One Day International on India’s tour to Ireland in 2007. His heroic innings in Inaugural World T20 Final in 2007 which India eventually won, made him a household name overnight.

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After this he became a regular part of the team with Sachin & Sehwag full-filling top order duties with him. He captained Indian ODI team in 2010 against New Zealand & clean swept the kiwis with a 5-0 scoreline and he further captained team in 2011 December against Windies.

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His 97 odd runs innings in the 2011 World Cup Final and a important Partnership with Ms.Dhoni was the one which took India over the line and hence India won its 2nd World Cup. He started his IPL career alongside Sehwag in Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and further led Kolkata Knight Riders to two title wins in 2012 and 2014. He returned to his home franchise Delhi in year 2018 but his form and forced him to drop himself and gave up the captaincy. Subsequently he was dropped from the side in year 2012 after the T20I World Cup and made a comeback in Test Team in 2016 against New Zealand on back of good performance in domestic circuit but his form failed and he was dropped again.

Though Gambhir had many ups and downs in his career but he is one of the best openers India ever had and he announced retirement on 3 December before the Ranji match between Delhi & Andhra, through a video and thanked each & every person who contributed in his career.

Gautam Gambhir’s Career stats:

Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 58 147 37 283
Runs scored 4,154 5,238 932 9,385
Batting average 41.95 39.68 27.41 36.51
100s/50s 9/22 11/34 -/7 19/57
Top score 206 150* 75 150*
Balls bowled 12 6 37
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average 36.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/7
Catches/stumpings 38/– 36/– 11/– 68/–

We wish Gautam Gambhir a happy life ahead and we are eager to see him back onto cricket field soon as commentator or coach depending upon his choice.

Gautam Gambhir’s Retirement Video is linked below:

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