Gautam Gambhir Biography: The Mr. Dependable Who Led Many Victories for Indian Cricket Team

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One of the most talented, yet underrated cricketers of our time, Gautam Gambhir bid adieu to the game in December 2018. A prolific cricketer, Gambhir started his career with a bang and displayed immense potential, right from the beginning. His batting technique was sometimes criticized, but he kept on working hard to better himself. He has an average hovering above 40 in both, Test and ODI cricket. He has always given priority to the interests of the team and stepped down when needed as well.

Gambhir may not have unattainable records like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, but he sure has memorable performances. His World Cup knocks will be discussed by generations and will always hold a special place in Indian fans. Today, we glimpse into the life story of this cricketing star.

Gautam Gambhir – The Biography

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Source: CricketCountry.com

About Athlete
Full Name
Gautam Gambhir
Age
37 years
Sport Category
Cricket ( Left-handed opening batsman)
Date of Birth
14th October 1981
Hometown
New Delhi
Coach
Sanjay Bharadwaj, Raju Tandon, Naveen Chopra
Spouse
Natasha Jain
Parent
Seema and Deepak Gambhir
Children
Aazeen Gambhir and Anaiza Gambhir
ODI Debut
11 April 2003 v Bangladesh
Test Debut
3rd November 2004 v Australia

How It All Began for Gambhir

Cricket became an integral part of Gautam Gambhir’s life when he was in school. He was around ten years old when he first picked up the bat. He soon realized how much he loved the game and decided to pursue professional training. Gambhir joined the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru in 2000 and his cricketing career set off in the right direction.

The Journey

gautam gambhir in action

Source: Jagran

Gautam Gambhir scored more than 10,000 international runs in his spectacular career. He will always be remembered for scripting world cup victories for the Indian team in 2007 as well as 2011. As a left-handed opening batsman as well as the captain of the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League, Gambhir has had some classic knocks. Gambhir has 4,154 runs in Test cricket, 5,238 runs in ODIs, and 932 in Twenty20 Internationals.

Gambhir made his Test cricket debut in 2004 against Australia. His first century came against Bangladesh. The next year was a very successful period of his cricketing career. He scored one century after another. Gambhir’s performance in Test cricket dipped after the year 2010.

Gambhir’s ODI career started peaking after 2007. He was in top form during the World Cup and played crucial knocks. His top score of 97 in the final was the cherry on the cake!

IPL

gautam gambhir ipl trophy

Source: InsideSport

In the first edition of the Indian Premier League, Gambhir was signed on by the Delhi Daredevils for US$725,000 a year. In the year 2010, he captained the side. He had a terrific run in the tournament and became the only player from Delhi Daredevils to score more than 1000 runs in the series.

The following year, he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for US$2.4 million. With this record-breaking price, he became the highest paid cricketer in the history of IPL. Gambhir led the team to their first tournament title in 2012. Another title followed in the year 2014. Kolkata Knight Riders performed well consistently in the next few years as well. The team reached playoffs in 2016 and 2017 as well.

Gambhir’s IPL circle came a full circle in 2018 as he was signed by the Delhi Daredevils again. However, this time the team couldn’t perform well and Gambhir decided to step down from the captainship.

Gambhir’s spat with Kohli

Both Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir are Delhi lads and have been playing together in various teams through years. The similarity doesn’t end here. Both are known for extreme passion for the game as well as temper. This has resulted in some spats between the two. The first one took place during an IPL match in 2013. Another similar incident followed in 2015.

In 2016, when Gambhir was snubbed during a test series against New Zealand, he tweeted an indirect message to captain Kohli.

Both players have dismissed all incidences as on-field in-the-heat moments.

2015 World Cup Snub

Gambhir has time and again cleared that there was never any bad blood between him and MS Dhoni. However, his omission from 2015 World Cup team, hurt him a lot. Gambhir was a key player for team India in the 2011 World Cup win. Hence, it was shocking that he never got another chance to represent his country at the highest pedestal.

“Some players who played with me got the opportunity to play in 2-3 World Cups. While I got to live that feeling only once, I am happy that the experience ended with the team winning the title. When someone plays a key role in helping the team earn the title, he should be given an opportunity to defend it too. It’s sad that I couldn’t be a part of the 2015 World Cup,” he told NBT in an exclusive interview.

Gautam Gambhir Retirement

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Source: DNA India

In December 2018, Gautam Gambhir declared retirement from all forms of cricket. Through a short and sweet message to the entire world through social media, the world cup hero bid adieu to the game.

“After more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures, I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously, with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds and in the next life may be a few five-wicket hauls as well.”

A Career in Politics?

Gambhir has always been proactive in vocalizing his anguish about parties in power. He has time and again brought several issues into the limelight through twitter. Rumours are rife that Gambhir is looking forward to a career in politics now. Gambhir has denied the reports.

In an interview with The Quint, he said, “Honestly, I haven’t even thought about it. Plus, if ever there is a situation in life that I get into that space, don’t vote for Gautam Gambhir the cricketer, don’t vote for Gautam Gambhir the human either. Vote for Gautam Gambhir if you believe in him. If you believe he can change your life for the better and can make this country a better place to live. Vote for that Gambhir. Because if you don’t believe those things, don’t vote for him because I would never get into this space thinking I’m a power-hungry boy.”

Family Background

Gautam Gambhir was born in an upper-middle-class Punjabi family. His father, Aazeen Gambhir is a textile businessman and his mother, Anaiza Gambhir is a homemaker. Gambhir has one younger sister, Ekta. The family is based in Delhi.

Personal Life

gautam gambhir with wife

Source: India Today

Gautam Gambhir and Natasha Jain were family friends for quite some time. Soon, they fell in love and got married in October 2011. The couple had a traditional Punjabi wedding. Natasha was attracted to Gambhir’s easy-going nature and she ensures that he stays grounded as he is. The lovely couple is blessed with two angelic daughters.

Interesting facts about Gautam Gambhir

  • Gautam Gambhir’s hobbies include playing badminton, listening to music and doing yoga.
  • Sourav Ganguly is Gambhir’s favourite cricketer.
  • Gambhir’s favourite movies include Kahaani, Vicky Donor, Pan Singh Tomar.
  • He loves to hog on rajma chawal, butter chicken, and dahi bhalla.
  • Jagjit Singh is his favourite singer and Sylvester Stallone is favourite actor.
  • United Kingdom remains his all-time favourite foreign destination.
  • Gambhir would have joined the Indian Army if he wasn’t a cricketer.
  • He is extremely inspired by Bhagat Singh and Mother Teresa.

Gautam Gambhir Net Worth

Gautam Gambhir’s net worth is around 100 crore rupees. His last salary in IPL was 2.8 crore rupees. Gambhir has an interesting car collection that includes a BMW Gran Turismo.

Gautam Gambhir Records

He is the only Indian cricketer to score centuries in five consecutive Test matches. There are only three other international cricketers who have achieved this feat.

Achievements

Batting and fielding averages

MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests581045415420641.95806751.4992251810380
ODIs147143115238150*39.68614485.25113456117360
T20Is373629327527.41783119.020710910110
First-class1983312415153233*49.3543681070
List A299292191007715136.912160790
T20s2512452464029328.965309120.5805374790510

Bowling averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests58112402.00000
ODIs1471613013.00000
T20Is37
First-class19839728173/1240.144.2456.700
List A299373611/71/736.005.8337.0000
T20s251

 

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