Full name Gautam Gambhir
Born October 14, 1981, Delhi
Current age 33 years 322 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
|Test debut||India v Australia at Mumbai, Nov 3-5, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Apr 11, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Dharamsala, Jan 27, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v Scotland at Durban, Sep 13, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v Pakistan at Ahmedabad, Dec 28, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Delhi v Mumbai at Cuttack, Feb 16-20, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Delhi v Mumbai at Rajkot, Nov 19, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Delhi v Himachal Pradesh at Delhi, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai (BS), May 16, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1||KKR||v Royals||Mumbai (BS)||16 May 2015||T20|
|38||KKR||v Mum Indians||Mumbai||14 May 2015||T20|
|24||KKR||v Kings XI||Kolkata||9 May 2015||T20|
|12||KKR||v Daredevils||Kolkata||7 May 2015||T20|
|31||KKR||v Sunrisers||Kolkata||4 May 2015||T20|
|12||KKR||v RCB||Bangalore||2 May 2015||T20|
|19||KKR||v Super Kings||Kolkata||30 Apr 2015||T20|
|0||KKR||v Super Kings||Chennai||28 Apr 2015||T20|
|4||KKR||v Sunrisers||Visakhapatnam||22 Apr 2015||T20|
|60||KKR||v Daredevils||Delhi||20 Apr 2015||T20|
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.
After the World Cup, though, began a more serious, almost terminal decline. As the Indian Test side went from sublime to ridiculous, Gambhir's failures went unpunished. In England and Australia, where India lost eight continuous Tests, Gambhir was a walking wicket, poking at deliveries outside off. From being a captaincy candidate at one time, he went to struggling to keep his place in the side.
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