Amritsar: Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir along with his wife Natasha Jain and daughter Aazeen Gambhir pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 18, 2017.
Gautam Gambhir (born 14 October 1981) is an Indian international cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, and captains Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2003, and played his first Test the following year against Australia.
He captained the Indian team in six ODIs from late-2010 to late-2011 with India winning all six matches. He played an integral part in India’s wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 runs from 54 balls) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122).
Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four international cricketers to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches.
He is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. As of February 2014, he is the highest run-scorer for India in Twenty20 Internationals. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their maiden IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014.
Gambhir scored two successive double-hundreds in 2002 (one of them against the visiting Zimbabweans) made him a strong contender for India’s opening slot in all three forms of the game. He made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the TVS Cup in 2003. In his third match, he scored 71 and was named Man of the Match. His maiden century (103 off 97 balls) came against Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2004, he made his Test debut against Australia in the fourth and last Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy but did himself no favours by getting out for 3 and 1. He made amends in his second Test, however, scoring 96 against the South Africans.