Kolkata Knight Riders – Gautam Gambhir

Country: India
Date of Birth: October 14, 1981
Place of Birth: Delhi
Batting Style: Left Handed
Bowling Style: Leg break
Skill: Batsman
Teams Played: Delhi Daredevils, India, Kolkata Knight Riders

Batting Performance

M Inn No Runs HS 100s 50s Avg SR
Tests 38 68 5 3234 206 9 16 51.33 53.1
ODI 114 110 10 4073 150 9 25 40.73 86.38
T20s 23 22 0 621 75 0 6 28.23 124.2
IPL 52 51 7 1409 86 0 9 32.02 124.69

Bowling & Fielding Performance

M Overs Runs Mdns Wkts Avg Best Econ
ODI 114 1 13 0 0 13 0/13 13

Career Performance

First Match Last Match
Tests November 3, 2004 v Australia at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai January 2, 2011 v South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town
ODIs April 11, 2003 v Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka April 2, 2011 v Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
T20s September 13, 2007 v Scotland at Kingsmead, Durban May 11, 2010 v Sri Lanka at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
IPL April 19, 2008 v Rajasthan Royals at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi May 14, 2011 v Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


A prolific run-scorer at the domestic level, Gautam Gambhir soon made an impact in 2002 by smashing successive double tons in first-class matches. He was soon a contender for the opening slot in the Indian side. His solid footwork, high bat-lift and a boldly young approach perplexed bowlers more than once as vigilant defense was substituted by the aerial route over point.

With his slight build and shy attitude, Gambhir represents a fearless and aggressive style of cricket. His success with the Indian side has not been consistent and he has had a stop-start career. Hence he has still not cemented his place in the team. At the World Twenty20 2007, he was India’s top scorer with 227 runs. That marked the beginning of a successful partnership that was to follow for the next several months.

While batsmen were busy devising ways of getting rid of the aggressive Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir went about quietly scoring runs at the other end. He was called to the side in late 2007 for one Test but then dropped and recalled after a string of consistent scores in domestic cricket and the IPL in mid-2008.

For the next one year, he became one of the most consistent batsmen for India at the top of the order. He even succeeded in tough conditions like New Zealand and Sri Lanka – a venue where most Indian batsmen were baffled by the spin of Mendis and Muralidaran. Regardless to say, he has become a mainstay in the team for all three formats but it has been noticed that his performance levels increase when he is opening alongside his Delhi teammate, Virender Sehwag.

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