Five matches on, the left-hander boast of a century and half-century and looks set to retain his slot in the side for a while to come.
An attacking strokemaker, his cricketing assets include a compact footwork, high bat-speed and a youthful approach.
Gambhir came into focus after his aggressive double century against visiting Zimbabweans in 2002 for Board President's XI and another for his Ranji side, Delhi.
He pushed his case further when he amassed 617 runs on India A team's the tour of West Indies for the Caribb Beer series in 2003. It meant he was a natural option for Indian side.
He made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2003 in Dhaka.