Gautam Gambhir is one of the best Indian openers to have ever played in international cricket. After making his debut as a 22-year-old, Gambhir quickly solidified his position in the team.
Gautham Gambhir was born on 14 october 1981 in New Delhi to Deepak Gambhir, who manages a textiles business, and Seema Gambhir, a housewife.
Gambhir made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the TVS Cup in 2003. In his third match, he scored 71 and was named Man of the Match.
He made his Test debut in 2004 against Australia in the fourth and last test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy but did not score much.
He was named the ICC Test Player of the Year for 2009 and was ranked the No. 1 batsman in the ICC rankings.
He played an integral part in India's wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 runs from 54 balls) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122).
In 2010, Gambhir became 1st Indian and 5th player overall to score 5 centuries in 5 consecutive Test matches.
Gambhir was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the first player auction of the Indian Premier League for a price of US$725,000 a year. He became the second highest run-scorer of the inaugural season with 534 runs from 14 matches.
In the 2011 IPL player auction, Gambhir was the most sought after player, fetching a bid of $2.4 million from The Kolkata Knight Riders, making him the highest paid cricketer in the history of IPL. He was then appointed as the captain of the team.
Under Gambhir's captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, in the year 2008 by the President of India.