Legends Never Retire
Not only a batsman but also a Great Human Being, Gauti served Indian Cricket team from 2003 to 2016. He also played in the English County Cricket where he played for the Essex team. A player whose cover drive was a treat to watch, Gautam Gambhir was a player of utmost determination who never backed down from any challenge.
Here are some of the key facts of Gautam Gambhir which defines him as one of the legends in the history of Cricket.
100% Result as a Captain:-
When asked about the greatest Indian captains one thinks of Kapil Dev, Ganguly and Dhoni. However, none of them had a 100% win record! Although Gautam Gambhir didn’t get many chances to be a skipper of the Indian Cricket Team, he made the best of the opportunities he got. He captained in 6 ODI matches from late 2010 to late 2011, in which India won all those matches. In 2010 New Zealand ODI series his astute captaincy along with some inspired performances ensured a clean sweep over the Kiwis.
Savior in Crucial Times
2 of Gautam Gambhir’s best innings have come in World Cup Finals.
In 2007 T20 World Cup Final, the stage was set for fireworks in a crucial match vs arch-rivals Pakistan for the inaugural World T20 title. Batting first India kept losing wickets from one end but Gambhir ensured he held the other end and scored 75 from 54 deliveries and ensured India reached a competitive total. his innings proved to be the difference as India narrowly won the contest by 5 runs to win the World Cup.
In 2011 World Cup Final vs Sri Lanka, India had a terrible start. Coming in at #3 to bat, he played a match-winning knock in of 97 runs in an innings where India needed him the most. India won that match by 6 wickets and lifted the World Cup title for the 2nd time after 28 years.
The Sehwag-Gambhir Opening Pair
The duo Nawab Jodi of the Indian Cricket team is known for their devastating cricket. As an opening pair, they aggregated 4412 runs from 87 stands for the first wicket in the Test Matches. Among the opening pairs in Test Cricket, the Sehwag-Gambhir pair is the 5th Best in terms of runs tally with 11 100-plus stands and 25 50-plus stands. Having grown watching them open, they are undoubtedly my favorite opening pair of all time!
An IPL Legend in more ways than one
Gautam Gambhir was bought by Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2008 for USD 725,000 and held the possession of the Orange Cap (Leading Run Scorer in the tournament) for most of the tournament before ultimately finishing second behind Shaun Marsh (618 runs) with a tally of 534 runs. In 2011, he moved to Kolkata Knight Riders and in 2012, he led the team to lift the Title of the Winning Team scoring 590 runs in the process and ending up as the franchise’s leading run-getter of the season. he managed to win the IPL title with Kolkata Knight Riders again in 2014.