Picture of Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
India, Elite Group A, Essex, India A, Indian Academy, India B, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Emerging Team, Indian Inv XI, India Red, North Zone, Rest of India, Kolkata, Delhi, India Under-19, Delhi
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Home country:
October 14, 1981, Delhi


The manner in which Gautam Gambhir's career took off in 2008, following an initial bedding-in period, is simply stated astronomical. As fans and selectors alike rode on his ascendancy, he has only grown in metaphorical stature over the period of time to laud over rivals and contemporaries alike.

Debuting in 2003, the left-hander remained on the fringes of the ODI side. After a 96 in only his third Test innings against South Africa in 2004, he reached his maiden ton against Bangladesh in the same year. Yet, in an Indian top order that underwent immense experimentation between Ganguly, Sehwag, Tendulkar and Dravid; Gambhir always floated around the periphery. The same unsettled top order was a part of India's poor showing in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, in which Gambhir didn't feature. He returned as a part of the young Indian side that won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 the same year. It started an ascendancy of orbital proportions for both India and Gambhir. After being given an extended opportunity to partner Sehwag in both forms of the game, he started to blossom.

Gambhir was involved in India's first victory in New Zealand in four decades, in addition to his role in denying Australia bragging rights in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. To top that, there were the series victories against the touring Sri Lankan and English sides. The man they fondly call 'Gauti' excelled in these outings as he mastered the art of facing spin bowling and formed one half of what became one of the most dominating opening partnerships in modern cricket. He was a part of the historic Indian team that won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and his solid contribution in the final against Sri Lanka will never be forgotten. Unfortunate to miss out on what could have been a memorable century, that knock of 97 will still rank highly as one of the best in World Cup history. 

He started the Indian T20 League with the Delhi franchise but after three seasons, he moved out to Kolkata where he got a chance to lead the side. His leadership saw them lift their first League title in 2012 and many players in the side lauded him as an astute leader. His international career took a downward spiral in early 2013 and he was left out from all formats of the game. 

Gambhir didn't give up and kept working hard in domestic cricket. He performed brilliantly in the 2016 Duleep Trophy and was tough to ignore. An untimely injury to KL Rahul in the New Zealand series meant Gambhir returned to the national team after a gap of two years. However, his comeback didn’t last long as just after two Test matches, he once again was dropped. It would be interesting to see if the southpaw, known for his grit and determination can make another comeback.

Fast Facts

  • Became number one Test batsman in ICC rankings in 2009
  • ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009
  • Scored a match-winning 75 in the 2007 World T20 final
  • Scored a match-winning 97 in the 2011 World Cup final
  • The only Indian to score 300 plus in four successive Test series
  • Captained India in six ODIs, won all of them
  • Recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2008
  • Led KOL to two IPL trophies
  • First Indian to score centuries in five successive Tests



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 58 104 4154 5 41.95 51.49 9 22 206
ODI 147 143 5238 11 39.68 85.25 11 34 150*
T20 37 36 932 2 27.41 119.02 0 7 75
IPL 148 147 4132 16 31.54 124.60 0 35 93
CLT20 18 17 328 2 21.86 118.84 0 3 80
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 58 1 12 4 0 0/4 / - 2.00 0 0 0 0
ODI 147 1 6 13 0 0/13 / - 13.00 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 38 0 3
ODI 36 0 6
T20 11 0 0
IPL 27 0 8
CLT20 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 6 6 0 0 0 100
IPL 123 70 52 1 0 56.91
CLT20 18 10 7 0 1 55.56


India Vs Australia at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Nov 03, 2004
Last played:
India Vs England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot - Nov 09, 2016
India Vs Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka - Apr 11, 2003
Last played:
India Vs England at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
India Vs Scotland at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 13, 2007
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Dec 28, 2012
Delhi Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Mumbai at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - May 19, 2017
Delhi Vs Victoria at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Chennai at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 04, 2014