On This Day: Gautam Gambhir turns 40, wins India two World Cups
Today is the birthday of former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. Born on October 14, 1981 in Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has turned 40 today. Gautam Gambhir may not be big names like Dhoni-Virat Kohli in Indian cricket, but this player has played an important role in winning two World Cups for Team India. Gautam Gambhir made Team India the champion playing the best innings in the final matches of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. Know 10 important things about Gautam Gambhir’s career and life on his birthday.
- Gautam Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 matches for India. Gambhir scored 4154 runs in Tests at an average of 41.95. In ODIs, 5238 runs came from his bat at an average of 39.68. In T20, this batsman scored 932 runs at an average of 27.41.
- Gautam Gambhir scored 20 international centuries in his career. He scored 9 centuries in Tests and 11 in ODIs. At the same time, Gambhir scored 7 half-centuries in T20.
- Gautam Gambhir scored 64 centuries in his entire career. He has 43 first class and 21 List A centuries to his name.
- Gautam Gambhir was known for playing big innings on big occasions. This player scored the highest 227 runs for India in the 2007 T20 World Cup. In the final against Pakistan, Gambhir scored 75 runs in 54 balls to make Team India the champion.
- In 2008, even in the CB series against Australia, Gautam Gambhir proved his mettle by scoring 440 runs. Australia created history by winning the CB series and Gambhir was its hero.
- In March 2009, Gautam Gambhir played a historic Test innings in the Napier Test against New Zealand. Gambhir scored 137 runs in 436 balls. He remained on the wicket for 643 minutes and he avoided the defeat of Team India.
- In 2010, Gautam Gambhir was made the captain for the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, India defeated New Zealand 5-0 and his win percentage as Indian captain was 100 per cent. He was also selected Man of the Series in this series.
- In the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir scored 393 runs at an average of 43.66. He was the highest run-scorer after Sachin for India in the tournament. In the final against Sri Lanka, Gambhir wrote the script for Team India’s victory by scoring 97 runs in 122 balls. He made an important partnership of 109 runs with Dhoni.
- Let us tell you that Gautam Gambhir was born in a businessman family. When Gambhir was just 18 days old, he was adopted by his maternal grandparents. Gambhir’s entire life was spent in his maternal grandmother.
- Gautam Gambhir was dropped from Team India in the year 2013. Gambhir had said in an interview that Dhoni had thrown him out of the World Cup 2015 race in the year 2012 itself. Gambhir claimed that Dhoni kept him out of the team in the name of a good fielder. While he was in good form
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