Gautham Gambhir, the name needs no introduction to world cricket as he is one of the most prolific opener in the history of the game.
This Delhi lad rose to the occasion against all the odds and become one of the mainstays of Indian batting line-up across all formats of the game. He is one of the players who got benefited from India.
A series a structure that was developed by BCCI to give the right amount of exposure to emerging domestic talents by organizing unofficial tests and one-day matches against international teams. His consistent knocks in India A matches and domestic matches earned him a maiden call to the national team in 2003.
Beginning and rise of Gautham Gambhir:
He got selected for the one day series against Bangladesh in 2003 and the following year he made his test debut in the home series against Australia. then he was in and out of the national team but he came to limelight after his blistering knock in 2007 T20 world cup final against Pakistan where he went on to score a match-winning 75 runs from 54 deliveries.
In 2008-2009 season was the high point of his career when he becomes the major name in Indian batting line-up and scored consistently.
He becomes the first Indian player and fourth overall to score 5 consecutive centuries in test matches. During that time he aggregated 1860 runs with the average of 80 above in tests. He scored his only double century (208) against Australia at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
He also captained India for 6 six one day matches and alone test match between 2010 and 2011 and India have won all those matches. He also did well in one-dayers during that time as he averaged above 50 with the healthy strike rate of above 90.
The high point of his career came in the finals of 2011 world cup where he scored a match-winning knock of 97 off 122 deliveries at the crucial juncture which helped India to emerge as a champion.
Awards and achievements of Gautham Gambhir:
He was rewarded for his consistent performance by ICC as he was named as the player of the year in 2009 and he was also included in ICC test team of the year. Indian sports ministry also recognizes his performance by awarding Arjuna award the fourth highest civilian honor in 2008.
After that, his downfall started in the name of fitness issues and indifferent form where he could not able to replicate the consistency which he showed during his prime time. it was rumored that he had a difference of opinion with the skipper that time MS Dhoni which also created a sense of insecurity in the dressing room for him.
he eventually got dropped after 2 tests against England but he continues to feature in domestic games. Some consistent performance in the domestic circuit also earned his return to test cricket twice one in 2014 and another in 2016 but again he could not able to hold his place.
Inspiring outspoken Delhi lad has announced his retirement in ongoing Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.
so it’s time to remember his immense contribution to Indian cricket especially his two matching knocks in finals of 2007 T20 world cup and 2011 world cup and wish him all success in his future endeavors.