How It All Began for Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was born on 18 October 1981, in Delhi. Gautam Gambhir picked up the bat at the tender age of 10. In 2000, the National Cricket Academy of Bangalore drafted him for the first intake. Since his first-class debut at the domestic level, he performed consistently and averaged over 50. An attacking batsman, Gauti scored two consecutive double-hundreds in 2002, which caught the attention of Indian Cricket team selectors for the opening slot in all formats.
Gambhir has been a grand contributor to Indian cricket. Gautam Gambhir was one of the most complete batsmen between 2008 and the 2011 World Cup. He opened well in all three forms of the game. He could be more aggressive than Virender Sehwag, played the kind of back-to-the-wall innings that would do Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman proud, and accumulated without taking any risks, much like Sachin Tendulkar has been doing in the last quarter of his career. Both sides of that period, though, were livid and disappointed with his technical flaws dominating his other attributes. Still, with over 10000 runs from his 56 Tests, 147, ODIs, and 37 T20s.
Retirement From Cricket
In December 2018, Gautam Gambhir declared retirement from all forms of cricket. Through a short and sweet message to the entire world through social media, the world cup hero said goodbye to the game.
His message says “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures, I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously, with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds, and in the next life may be a few five-wicket hauls as well.”
A Career in Politics
Gautam Gambhir is now an Indian politician and a current member of the Lok Sabha since 2019. He contested the Lok Sabha elections 2019 on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from the Delhi East constituency and secured an emphatic victory. He received Padma Shri from the Government of India in 2019, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
Lesser known facts about Gautam Gambhir
- Gautam Gambhir’s hobbies include playing badminton, listening to music, and doing yoga.
- Sourav Ganguly is Gambhir’s favorite cricketer.
- Gambhir’s favorite movies include Kahaani, Vicky Donor, and Pan Singh Tomar.
- He loves to hog on rajma chawal, butter chicken, and Dahi Bhalla.
- Jagjit Singh is his favorite singer and Sylvester Stallone is his favorite actor.
- The United Kingdom remains his all-time favorite foreign destination.
- Gambhir would have joined the Indian Army if he wasn’t a cricketer.
- He is extremely inspired by Bhagat Singh and Mother Teresa.