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Happy Birthday Gautam Gambhir – The Classy Opener Turns 39

The year’s 2011 and the date’s 2nd April. Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a six off a Malinga delivery and India wins the ICC Cricket World Cup for the 2nd time in its history. Even after losing Tendulkar and Sehwag early, India managed to chase a steep total of 274 posted by Sri Lanka. The major architect of this run chase was India’s left-handed batsman, Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir scored a crucial 97 when India was struggling early in its innings. He was the savior that was much needed in one of the most crucial matches that India has ever played in its cricketing history.

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Born on 14th October 1981 in Delhi, Gambhir started playing cricket at the young age of 10. He was mentored by his maternal uncle, Pawan Gulati. Gambhir was from a business family and was adopted by his grandparents when he was just a few days old. He started his domestic career for the Delhi Ranji Team in 1999. He was scouted by Team India selectors and finally got a break into the Indian National Team in 2003 against Bangladesh.

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Gambhir went on to play 147 ODI’s and 58 Test matches for the country over the next 10 years. He also played 37 T20’s for the country. Scoring 20 centuries and 63 half-centuries across formats, his contributions for the country are significant. Being a left-handed batsman, he partnered well with Virender Sehwag at the top, thus giving a formidable left-hand, right-hand opening combination to India for years.

However, things weren’t always easy for Gauti. He wasn’t selected for the 2007 WC, which left him depressed. But he trained hard and came back with determination. On coming back against Bangladesh, he scored a century. A series of some better performances sealed his position in the ODI squad again. He also enjoyed a brief period of captaining the Indian national team in 2010 for an ODI series against New Zealand.

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Gambhir also had a great IPL career. He was a key player and a captain for the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils before moving to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. Gambhir had a highly successful IPL career with the Knight Riders. Knight Riders won the IPL twice under his captaincy. One in 2012 and then in 2014. Gambhir stayed in KKR till 2017 before moving back to the Delhi team in 2018 where he played his last IPL season.

Following that, Gautam Gambhir decided to join politics. He joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019 and is currently a member of the Lok Sabha. He also has started the Gautam Gambhir Foundation, which aims to alleviate hunger. Gautam Gambhir is also quite outspoken about his support to the LGBT community and only recently appeared wearing a dupatta and bindi for Hijra Habba, which is organized by Alliance India, an NGO, for supporting the LGBT community.

Gambhir is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, which is India’s 4th highest civilian award. It was awarded to him in 2019 by Honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind.  The Sports Doyen (TSD) wishes Gautam Gambhir a very happy birthday.

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