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Gautam Gambhir turns 36, birthday wishes pour in

Gautam Gambhir, who played key roles in India’s wins in the ICC World T20 2007 and in the 2011 cricket World Cup, turned 36 on Saturday.

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2017 14:44 IST
Devarchit Varma
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir turned 36 on Saturday.
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir turned 36 on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Wishes poured in for Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, a tough character on-and-off the field, who played significant roles in the finals of the ICC World T20 2007 and 2011 cricket World Cup to guide his team to title wins.

Gambhir turned 36 on Saturday and having made quite a few unsuccessful comebacks into the Indian Test side, the road back to the team remains as tough as it could get. His last Test appearance was in the Rajkot game against England last year.

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Gambhir holds the record of forming the best opening partnership for India with Virender Sehwag in Test cricket. In 87 innings, Gambhir and Sehwag added 4,412 runs at 52.52 with 11 century and 25 half-century stands.

Gambhir had given a perfect example of his batsmanship when he batted for close to 11 hours to help India draw the Napier Test against New Zealand in 2009. He had scored 137 off as many as 436 balls in the marathon effort.

The left-handed batsman recently gave up the captaincy of state team Delhi ahead of the Ranji Trophy season stating his disinterest.

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However, it is with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that Gambhir has had a terrific run in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After being appointed captain of a team that had floundered through a first few editions of IPL, Gambhir led the resurgence to guide them to title victories in 2012 and 2014.

On Saturday, as one of India’s finest batsmen in last two decades turned 36 and wishes poured in for Gambhir.

Gambhir has so far played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, scoring more than 10,000 runs for India in international cricket across formats.