Everyone in the country has heard of Gautam Gambhir. He is after all one of the greatest cricketers of our time. He has given us countless memories to cherish, and some of them are still talked about to this day.
His brilliant performances massively contributed to India’s victories in the 2007 ICC World T-20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, where his key performances in the finals of these events helped India capture these world titles.
Being the only Indian and one of the only 4 players to have ever scored 5 consecutive centuries in test matches, he also holds an undefeated record as a captain in international cricket, winning all 6 matches where he’s been the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Not to mention his captaincy in the Indian Premier League, where he’s led his team Kolkata Knight Riders to win the IPL title twice.
Growing up in New Delhi, Gambhir started playing cricket at the age of 10, and by the age of 19 was selected by the National Cricket Academy in 2000.
In 2002, Gambhir scored two double centuries, hence proving that he was a worthy contender for being one of the match openers. He soon would make his limited-overs debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2003 during the TVS Cup, and just 2 matches later, would score 71 runs to win the man-of-the-match award.
Just a year later, Gambhir made his test debut against Australia, and in his second match, he scored 96 against South Africa. In 2005, he scored his maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka, finishing with 103 runs on the board.
In 2007, he was selected by Team India for the inaugural ICC World-T20, where his good batting form would lead him to be India’s highest run-scorer in the tournament. In the final, Gambhir scored an impressive 75 runs off 54 balls against Pakistan which helped India become the first-ever World T-20 champions. As a result, he was named in the ICC World T20i XI, which was a list of the top players of the season in a dream team.
However, his performance peaked in 2008, where he scored 2 centuries, along with a string of high scores which earned him a spot on the World Test XI and ODI XI. More centuries followed in 2009, and Gambhir received the title of ICC Test Player of the Year, along with a #1 ranking in the ICC’s list of Top ODI batsmen.
In 2010, he briefly became the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He would win all of his 6 matches as captain. His most popular and innings came in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final, where India was struggling after losing both its openers, chasing Sri Lanka’s massive total of 273. Gambhir formed a stable partnership with Virat Kohli, and later MS Dhoni, as he scored an incredible 97 runs. Gambhir eventually got out but had already done enough to help India secure the win and its first World Cup in 28 years.
The following year, Gambhir who was the captain of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders led them to win their first IPL title, and 2 years later would capture the IPL crown once again.
After a long and unforgettable career, Gambhir eventually retired from cricket in December 2018 and would join the Bhartiya Janta Party and the Lok Sabha the following year. He would receive an Arjuna award, which is the second-highest sporting award of our country, given to him by the President of India for his immense contribution to India’s success, a feat that he regularly achieved for over a decade, and sealed his name as one of the greatest cricketers of our country.