Gautam Gambhir, one of India’s best openers has retired from all forms of cricket. Here we have a look at what this man really is!
The man of the finals, as the Indians would know, Gautam Gambhir, has retired from all forms of the game. An opener who batted according to the situation, a big-match player who never failed to perform in important games, a straightforward human being who said what he felt without any diplomacy and a gem to mankind who always came forward when he saw people in need of help.
Highest Partnership in U19 till date
The southpaw from Delhi started his domestic career way back in 1999. The then 18-year-old churned out runs at a quick rate enabling him into the U19 India team. He scored 212 in 2001 against England U19 sharing a 391-run opening partnership with Vinayak Mane. This is still the record for the highest partnership for any wicket in U19 cricket.
A couple of years later, he made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in April 2003. He scored his first half-century in only his third match and earned the Man of the Match award. Consistent performances at crucial stages made him of the most important members of the side. He scored his first international hundred in 2005. From there on, his career went upwards.
Highest Scorer in 1st T20 World Cup Finals
India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. In the final, Gambhir played the match-deciding knock of 75 off just 54 balls. Nobody else, from either side, even got to a fifty. He ended being India’s highest run-getter in the tournament. Gambhir topped the batting rankings for T20Is for the first time. He had a huge role in India’s first win in an ODI series in Australia. Gambhir scored the most runs in the tournament – 440 including two hundred.
ICC Test Player of The Year 2009
In his first major Tests series away from home, Gambhir batted out five sessions against New Zealand scoring 137 facing 430 balls to save the Test match. With another hundred in the series, he became the number 1 ranked Test batsman in 2009. He was named ICC Test Player of the Year 2009.
This award motivated him further as he scored 5 Test hundreds in as many matches becoming the fourth batsman in the history to do so. In the same year, he scored 11 fifties in consecutive Tests.
In 2010, he was named the ODI captain against New Zealand. India whitewashed the Kiwis in a 5-match series. Gambhir scored his career-best 150* in the fourth ODI and also won the Man of the Series award.
In 2011, ‘Gauti’, as he is fondly called, was an integral part of India’s World Cup squad. He scored four fifties in the tournament. The most important half-century came in the final against Sri Lanka. India was in a spot of bother after losing their openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Gambhir came to the rescue with a brilliant 97 to take India within touching distance of victory.
Gauti had been left out of the team due to his poor form in Tests since 2011 and degrading form in ODIs. He had to work hard in domestic cricket and IPL to earn a recall into the Indian side.
Gauti the captain
During this period, he led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL victories. He has an IPL record of most fifties and most ducks.
He returned to play international cricket in 2016 but his stint was soon cut short. After being nowhere close to being recalled again, he has decided to retire from all forms of cricket.
Contribution to the society
Apart from cricket, Gambhir participates in a lot of charity work and social work. His foundation, named the ‘Gautam Gambhir Foundation’ supports the education of the children of the martyrs. He was seen serving food to poor people recently in an event organized by Sikhs. His foundation believes that ‘no one should sleep hungry’ and works towards achieving that. His foundation also supports ‘Green India, Clean India’ and participates in tree plantation and clean-up drives.
Gautam Gambhir’s contribution to Indian cricket has been precious.
For his invaluable knocks, on behalf of every Indian, ‘Thank You Gambhir’.