Early Life of Gautam Gambhir
Gautam went to the Modern School in New Delhi. Right from his school days he was very fond of cricket, and in the year 2000 he got selected for the first intake of National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He got married to Natasha Jain who belonged to the well-to-do business family on 28th October in the year 2011.
Cricket Career of Gautam Gambhir
This leg break bowler of Delhi Cricket team has played for the India Red, Indian Board President's XI and Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI. In 2000, Gautam Gambhir gave an attacking stroke play at the top order for Delhi. He scored two successive double-centuries, one for Delhi and another for the Board Presidents' XI against the tourists at that time. Gautam Gambhir was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Gautam Gambhir had his "First-class" match debut in 1999/00. He has played overall 94 "First-class" matches and has made his total score of 7504 runs in these matches. Gambhir scored highest 233 runs in any of the "First-class" matches and his average is 53.98. His "First-class" match scorecard includes 24 centuries and 30 half-centuries. With ball in hand, he has taken total 7 wickets by losing 277 runs from 385 balls he played in the "First-class" matches. His latest "First-class" match was against Uttar Pradesh team at Mumbai from January 16 to 19, 2008.
The "List A" match debut of Gautam Gambhir was in 2000/01. He has played overall 137 "List A" matches with an average of 35.36. Gambhir's total score in these matches is 4421 runs and his highest score is 142 runs in any of the "List A" matches. In these matches he has made 11 centuries and 24 half-centuries. Whereas in bowling, he has taken only 1 wicket by losing 36 runs from 37 balls.
Gautam Gambhir played his first "Test match" against Australia at Mumbai from November 3 to 5, 2004. He has played altogether 14 "Test matches" and has made his total score 692 runs. Gautam Gambhir's highest score in any of these matches is 139 runs and his striking rate is 59.04. His scorecard in "Test matches" includes 1 century, 3 half-centuries, 98 fours and 1 six. Gautam Gambhir's latest "Test-match" was against Pakistan at Bangalore from December 8 to 12, 2007.
In ODI's, Gautam Gambhir debuted on April 11, 2003 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. He has played total 39 ODI matches with an average of 33.82. Gambhir's total score in these matches is 1184 runs and his highest score in any of the ODI match is 103 runs. His striking rate in ODIs is 76.88. Gautam Gambhir's ODI scorecard includes 3 centuries, 6 half-centuries, 145 fours and 5 sixes. While in bowling, he has not taken any wicket and has given 13 runs from the 6 balls he played in ODIs. Gambhir's latest ODI match was against Sri Lanka at Brisbane on February 5, 2008.
Gautam Gambhir first played in the "Twenty20" matches at Delhi against Himachal Pradeshon April 3, 2007. He has played overall 14 such matches with an average of 33.91. Gambhir's total score in these matches is 407 runs and his highest score in any single "Twenty20" match is 75 runs. Gautam Gambhir's "Twenty20" scorecard includes 5 half-centuries, 48 fours and 6 sixes. His latest "Twenty20" match was against Australia at Melbourne on February 1, 2008.
Gautam Gambhir was called in the national squad for the TVS Cup in Dhaka when many senior players were kept in rest. Gambhir scored the second-highest runs in the inaugural ICC World "Twenty20" held in South Africa. Gambhir has made abundant runs in domestic cricket and made his presence in the team undeniable.
In the final of the Cricket World Cup 2011, Gambhir scored a solid knock of 97 from 122 balls. Coming in to bat in the first over after the dismissal of Virender Sehwag, he anchored the Indian inning through the dismissals of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, and put up a match-winning partnership of 109 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni to ensure India lifted the Cup.
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IPL Career of Gautam Gambhir
Gauti (his popular name among team mates) was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for the first three editions of Indian Premier League. His inaugural edition went extremely well as he became the second highest run getter (534 runs in 14 matches) for the franchisee. For the third season he was made the captain of the side. For the 2011 season of IPL he was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders and since then he is the captain of the Kolkata franchise. He also helped the team to win their first IPL trophy in 2012.
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