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, the diminutive batsman 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, every second outing in either format was graced, at minimum, with a half-century.

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. 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 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.

Gambhir 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 Kolkata 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 was left out from all formats of the game, now being replaced by the young brigade with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opening for India. It would be interesting to see if the southpaw, known for his grit can emerge a better player and come back even stronger in the coming months.

Fast Facts

  • Gautam Gambhir was named ICC’s Test player of the Year in 2009.
  • He became the first Indian to score 5 hundreds in 5 consecutive Tests.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 57 102 4125 5 42.52 51.63 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 132 131 3634 12 30.53 124.15 0 31 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 57 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 21 0 7
CLT20 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 6 6 0 0 0 100
IPL 107 61 45 1 0 57.01
CLT20 18 10 7 0 1 55.56


India Vs Australia at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Nov 03, 2004
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India Vs New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore - Oct 08, 2016
India Vs Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka - Apr 11, 2003
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India Vs England at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
India Vs Scotland at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 13, 2007
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India Vs Pakistan at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Dec 28, 2012
Delhi Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
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Kolkata Vs Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 25, 2016
Delhi Vs Victoria at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
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Kolkata Vs Chennai at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 04, 2014