Monday, December 17, 2007

25 Things About Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir is the most prolific left-hand batsman in Indian cricket team. Being a prolific run scorer, he is not the permanent player both ODI and Test cricket. This batsman has many records in domestic cricket. No doubt, he has more opportunity to come in the main squad and prove himself as an important opening batsman in Indian cricket team.
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  1. His full name is Gautam Gambhir.
  2. He was born in October 14, 1981, Delhi. His zodiac sign is Libra.
  3. He is a left-hand bat and part-time leg break bowler in India team.
  4. He has been a member of the Indian national cricket team since 2003 (ODI) and 2004 (Tests).
  5. When he was 17 year old, Gambhir had been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket with an average of over 50 but his two successive double-hundreds in 2002 made him a strong contender for India’s opening slot. One double-hundred got against visiting Zimbabweans.
  6. He became only the fourth Indian batsman to score a double-century in a tour game at home. Before him, the previous three batsmen were Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.
  7. Gambhir was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
  8. He 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.
  9. He has already played 37 ODI matches for India team where he scored 2 hundred and 6 half-centuries. He has poor performance in Test cricket. He has scored only 1 century and 3 half-century playing 14 Test matches.
  10. His maiden century came against Sri Lanka in 2005. He scored 103 runs off facing 97 balls.
  11. He made his Test debut against Australia in the fourth and last Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2004. He scored 3 in first and 1 runs in second innings in his debut Test match.
  12. He has only one Test century and that came against Bangladesh in December 2004.
  13. He was dropped from Test team because of his bad performance against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe later of the year 2005. He made 97 against Zimbabwe but failed to reach 30 against Sri Lanka at home.
  14. He was replaced in Tests by Wasim Jaffer, who made a double hundred and a hundred in seven Tests.
  15. He has often being criticized as not being able to convert his starts 20 and 30 into larger scores.
  16. Being not selected in Test cricket team, he has played a number of ODI cricket for India between 2005 and 2007.
  17. He was not selected for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
  18. Selectors opted his name for the top order of Sachin, Sourav and Virender Sehwag.
  19. Gambhir was selected for the ODI on India’s tour of Bangladesh 2007 after India’s exit from first round of the ICC World cup 2007.
  20. His second century came against Bangladesh on this tour. And for his second century, he was subsequently selected for the ODI team on India’s tour to Ireland in 2007.
  21. In this tour, he scored an unbeaten 80 in the first match and was awarded man of the match for that effort.
  22. Gambhir was selected in India’s squad for the ICC Twenty20 World cup 2007. India got the inaugural Twenty20 championship win in South Africa 2007.
  23. Gambhir was the opening batsman in India team.
  24. He performed well in the short version of cricket game. Ending the tournament, he was the top run scorer in Indian team.
  25. He scored 227 runs at an average of 37.83 including three half-centuries.

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