Gautam Gambhir Biography – Capricious and correct, feisty and firm, insatiable and irresistible- Gautam
Gambhir is the most complete opening batsman for India across all formats. Gambhir’s form has always been sublime where he punished the fierce pacers. He has always been the pivotal leader in the most decisive knockout matches in major championships.
A probable candidate for captaincy, Gambhir always severed his ties with the legends. However, he never lost his position due to his electrifying batting performance. Gautam Gambhir made his debut against Bangladesh in 2003, the era in which most Indian cricketers established their names. He plays for the Delhi Cricket team in domestic format.
Gautam Gambhir Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Gautam Gambhir was born on 14th October 1981 in New Delhi. His father Deepak Gambhir managed a textile business whereas his mother Seema Gambhir is a homemaker. Gambhir has a younger sister Ekta who is a couple of years younger than him. His grandparents adopted him eighteen days after his birth and since then he lived with them.
Gambhir started to play cricket at the age of 10. He used to live at his maternal uncle Pawan Gulati’s place in the 1990s. Gambhir accredits his uncle for his success and believes him to be his mentor. He often calls him before important matches in his career. Gambhir is polite and shows his aggression on the field.
- Age: 40 Years
- Weight: 59 kg
- Alma Mater: Modern School and Hindu College, New Delhi
- Coach: Sanjay Bhardwaj
Gautam Gambhir Early Days
Gambhir started his professional cricket coaching under the able guidance of his first coach Sanjay Bhardwaj of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy in Delhi. Gambhir displayed fine cricketing abilities and played for the cricket club in the U-14 and U-16 levels of the domestic league.
Gambhir resisted his abilities and played fine knocks for his team. In 2000, Gambhir enrolled himself for selection into the National Cricket Academy. In a breakthrough, he was selected in the first batch of cricketers who got into the topmost cricket academy in India.
Gautam Gambhir Domestic Career
Gautam Gambhir’s selection in NCA made it easy for the lefty to make it in team India. He has a short-lived but impactful domestic career. Gambhir made his debut for the Delhi Cricket team in the 2001-02 season. Since then, he has played very few matches for the team.
Gambhir’s highlight of his domestic career remains the fanatic knock of an unbeaten 130 runs that helped Delhi to beat Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy final 2008. Gambhir also played for India A against Zimbabwe where he scored two successive centuries to pave the way for his Indian debut.
Gautam Gambhir International Career
Debut and Opportunities
Gautam Gambhir made his debut against Bangladesh at the TVS Cup 2003. He scored his maiden half-century in the third match and scored his maiden century against Sri Lanka in 2005. Gambhir was named in India’s Test squad for Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2004-05 but failed to remorse on the opportunity as he got out for 1 and 3.
Gambhir made amendments to his batting and scored 96 against South Africa and his maiden test century against Bangladesh. However, Gambhir lacked consistency and was subsequently dropped from the test team for a brief period of 2005-2007. He continued with his progressive form in the ODI’s and the newly launched T-20 format.
Even with his outstanding knocks in the limited-overs format, Gambhir failed to make it in the 2007 World Cup and was highly disappointed. He was later selected in the 2007 T-20 World Cup where he was India’s leading run-scorer as India won the inaugural edition. Gambhir justified his selection as he also led the batting attack against Ireland and Bangladesh.
The Golden Form
Gambhir benchmarked his performance through his golden period in life that lasted from 2007-2011. Gambhir led India to their first Commonwealth Bank Series win in 2007-08. He solidified his test spot after scoring remarkable partnerships with Virender Sehwag. He scored 858 runs in seven test matches with an average of over 61.
Gambhir was the leading run-scorer for India in the series against England and New Zealand. His New Zealand innings were praised by Rahul Dravid who called him the second wall.
Gambhir was named the captain for India’s ODI series against New Zealand. Leading from the front, Gambhir scored a couple of centuries in the home series which eventually led India to a 5-0 victory. He then returned to captaincy against West Indies but the success of regular captain MS Dhoni made his captaincy period short-lived.
2011 World Cup
Gambhir had a successful World Cup campaign as he led India’s batting attack from the front and India lifted the World Cup after 28 years. Gambhir played a decisive knock of 97 runs in the final against Sri Lanka and stood a 109 runs match-winning partnership alongside captain MS Dhoni.
Gambhir continued with his determined form in the season’s aftermath as India’s batting lineup struggled. He was away from cricket for a brief period of four years and returned in 2016 before announcing his retirement in all forms of cricket in 2018.
Gautam Gambhir IPL Career
Gambhir had a fantastic IPL career. He begin his journey with Delhi Daredevils but later led the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. Gambhir displayed his extravagant leadership and batting skills and helped KKR to win two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014.
Gautam Gambhir Wife
Gautam Gambhir tied the knot with Natasha Jain in October 2011. Natasha is the daughter of a prominent businessman based in Delhi. The two-run a non-profit organization named as Gautam Gambhir Foundation. Sharing a good bond, Natasha gave birth to Gambhir’s two daughters- Aazeen born in 2014, and Anaiza born in 2017.
Gautam Gambhir Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Gautam Gambhir is Rs. 102 Crore. Gautam Gambhir has earned a stagnant part of his income through his professional career for India and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir also endorses various brands and is a part of BCCI’s commentary team and earns a significant amount through it.
Gambhir owns a luxurious bungalow worth Rs. 18 Crore in Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar. Gambhir is fond of cars and has many premium cars in his garage including BMW Gran Turismo.
Gautam Gambhir Controversies
Gautam Gambhir’s aggressive nature on the field has been home to many controversies. Some popular amongst them are:
- Gambhir had a verbal spat with Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi at an ODI match in 2007.
- Gambhir’s heated argument with Kamran Cup at the Asia Cup has sparked the biggest controversy as the umpires rushed in to solve it.
- Gautam Gambhir had an ugly spat with Virat Kohli at an IPL match where his friend Rajat Bhatia intervened to stop them.
- Gambhir filed a legal complaint against another person with the same name who operated a pub under his name.
Gautam Gambhir Politics Career
Gautam Gambhir is inclined towards politics. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 and contested the Lok Sabha elections. Gambhir emerged victoriously and won by a margin of over 3,00,000 votes and is an incumbent Member of Parliament from the East Delhi constituency under the 2nd Narendra Modi government.
Gautam Gambhir Records
- Most runs in a single international cricketing season (1269 in 2008-09).
- Most ODI centuries by an Indian in 2008 and 2009.
- First Indian cricketer to hit five consecutive centuries in five matches.
- Second International cricketer to hit 11 consecutive fifties.
- Highest IPL opening stand alongside Chris Lynn (184-2017).
Gautam Gambhir Awards & Achievements
- ICC Test Player of the Year 2009
- Arjuna Award 2009
- Padma Shri 2019
Gautam Gambhir Facts
- Gautam Gambhir likes badminton, meditation, yoga, and music.
- Gautam Gambhir is a teetotaler.
- Gautam Gambhir idolizes Sourav Ganguly.
- Gautam Gambhir did a hair transplant in 2015.