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Gautam Gambhir      

Full name Gautam Gambhir

Born October 14, 1981, Delhi

Current age 32 years 287 days

Major teams India, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, Essex, India Red, Indian Board President's XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Gautam Gambhir
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 54 96 5 4021 206 44.18 7800 51.55 9 21 502 8 38 0
ODIs 147 143 11 5238 150* 39.68 6144 85.25 11 34 561 17 36 0
T20Is 37 36 2 932 75 27.41 783 119.02 0 7 109 10 11 0
First-class 156 264 22 12256 233* 50.64 36 53 95 0
List A 268 262 19 9002 150* 37.04 19 55 70 0
Twenty20 164 160 17 4240 93 29.65 3456 122.68 0 34 489 63 32 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 54 1 12 4 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0
ODIs 147 1 6 13 0 - - - 13.00 - 0 0 0
T20Is 37 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 156 397 281 7 3/12 40.14 4.24 56.7 0 0
List A 268 37 36 1 1/7 1/7 36.00 5.83 37.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 164 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Australia at Mumbai, Nov 3-5, 2004 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Nagpur, Dec 13-17, 2012 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Apr 11, 2003 scorecard
Last ODI India v England at Dharamsala, Jan 27, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut India v Scotland at Durban, Sep 13, 2007 scorecard
Last T20I India v Pakistan at Ahmedabad, Dec 28, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1999/00
Last First-class Karnataka v Rest of India at Bangalore, Feb 9-12, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 2000/01
Last List A North Zone v West Zone at Visakhapatnam, Mar 27, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Delhi v Himachal Pradesh at Delhi, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab at Bangalore, Jun 1, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
21* Indians v Derbyshire Derby 1 Jul 2014 Other
54 Indians v Leics Leicester 26 Jun 2014 Other
23 KKR v Kings XI Bangalore 1 Jun 2014 T20
1 KKR v Kings XI Kolkata 27 May 2014 T20
28 KKR v Sunrisers Kolkata 24 May 2014 T20
4 KKR v RCB Kolkata 22 May 2014 T20
21 KKR v Super Kings Kolkata 20 May 2014 T20
6 KKR v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Deccan) 18 May 2014 T20
14 KKR v Mum Indians Cuttack 14 May 2014 T20
63* KKR v Kings XI Cuttack 11 May 2014 T20
Profile

Feisty and firm, capricious and correct, insatiable and insecure, Gautam Gambhir was one of the most complete batsmen between 2008 and the 2011 World Cup. He opened well in all three forms of the game. He could be more aggressive than Virender Sehwag, played the kind of back-to-the-wall innings that would do Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman proud, and accumulated without taking any risks, much like Sachin Tendulkar has been doing in the last quarter of his career. Either side of that period, though, lived disappointment with his technical flaws dominating his other attributes.
Gambhir almost didn't make it, "not wanting to play anymore" when he was dropped for the 2007 World Cup. For about eight first years of his career, he was the domestic cheque that would not be honoured at international level. While the bowlers on the Ranji circuit swore by this little left-hand batsman, he had just two international centuries to show after 13 Tests and 19 ODIs when he was left out of the World Cup party.
He came back with massive runs in domestic cricket, a few important technical adjustments, and with the reputation of being the best player of spin in India, outside the international side. A century in his second ODI back and a final-winning fifty in the inaugural World Twenty20 paved the way for his Test return. Test fifties against Murali and Mendis in the summer of Murali and Mendis in 2008 told him he belonged. In his next 13 Tests, he scored eight centuries: centuries to set up wins, centuries to bat opposition out, and centuries to hold on for draws, including the near 11-hour marathon in Napier. The Arjuna Award came his way, the ICC named him the Test player of 2009, but much more tellingly Sehwag called him the best Indian Test opener since Sunil Gavaskar. He scored a match-winning 97 in the 2011 World Cup final.

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Timeline
    • 1999-2000
      Disappointment, and breakthrough
      • Is not picked for the Under-19 World Cup that India win in Sri Lanka, but makes his first-class debut for Delhi as an 18-year-old. Manages a fifty in the two matches he gets in his first season.
    • January-February, 2002
      Two matches, two doubles
      • Has cemented his place in the Delhi side with a spate of fifties, but the big ones arrive in his third season. Scores 214 against Railways, and is selected for the Board President's XI to play the touring Zimbabweans. Smashes a 284-ball 218 out of a total of 361 for 3 decl.
    • April 2003
      International entry but short stay
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Jul 7, 2014

Gautam Gambhir stretches during a training session, Trent Bridge, July 7, 2014

Gautam Gambhir stretches during a training session

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Jun 26, 2014

Gautam Gambhir targets the leg side, Leicestershire v Indians, Leicester, 1st day, June 26, 2014

Gautam Gambhir targets the leg side

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Jun 26, 2014

Gautam Gambhir scored 54, Leicestershire v Indians, Leicester, 1st day, June 26, 2014

Gautam Gambhir scored 54

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Notes

ICC Test Player of the Year 2009

Tour Results
India v England at Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
India v England at Mohali - Jan 23, 2013
India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
India v England at Ranchi - Jan 19, 2013
India won by 7 wickets (with 131 balls remaining)
India v England at Kochi - Jan 15, 2013
India won by 127 runs
India v England at Rajkot - Jan 11, 2013
England won by 9 runs
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