Introducing new Indian team coach Gautam Gambhir, from 2011 World Cup debut to IPL KKR win

Team India head coach Gautam Gambhir: Whether it is the scorecard of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team or the architect of the 2024 IPL crown for Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam has been seen in a very serious role everywhere. The list of achievements of this left-handed batsman is so long that he has now become a strong contender for the post of head coach of the Indian men's cricket team and later also got this post.

Before Gambhir, a slip with Rahul Dravid's name was placed on the chair attached to this post. Rahul Dravid, who ruled not only international cricket but also the hearts of cricket lovers for decades and before leaving, gave India the wonderful gift of T20 World Cup. Now after his departure, Gautam Gambhir is becoming the coach of the Indian team. This is reminding of that era when Gambhir was seen as the wall after Dravid.

When New Zealand set a huge target of 619 runs for India at Napier ground, the Indian team chasing it was all out for just 305 runs in the first innings. When the Indian team started its second innings after following on, Gambhir took charge and scored 137 runs facing 436 balls. During this innings, Gambhir stood on the pitch for 11 hours. The match was saved from slipping out of India's hands and it was drawn. After this innings, he was called the new wall of India after Dravid.

Sehwag called Gambhir the best test opener

By the way, Gambhir's name started appearing in newspapers published from Delhi before the beginning of 2000. By 2003, this name was also printed on the Indian jersey. Gautam Gambhir, who opened for the Indian team against Bangladesh in the month of April, could play an innings of just 11 runs, but it was clear from his attitude and style that this journey was going to be very long and pleasant.

When the year changed, the colour of Gambhir's jersey also changed. In November 2004, he played Test for the first time for the Indian team. Gambhir could not perform well in the first match, but later Gambhir's bat performed so well in the white jersey that many records were made. Gambhir has the record of scoring centuries in five consecutive Test matches. Apart from him, no other Indian has been able to make such a record. In this case, only Sir Don Bradman is ahead of Gambhir, who has scored centuries in 6 consecutive Test matches.

Gambhir has also made a record of scoring more than 50 runs in 11 consecutive Test matches. Talking only about Test matches, Gambhir has scored 4154 runs in 58 matches with the help of 9 centuries and 22 half-centuries. His best score in Test matches has been 206. Virender Sehwag even called Gambhir the best Test opener of India after Sunil Gavaskar.

Remember that blue jersey of 2011, soaked in mud

Talking about the blue jersey, Gambhir has played 147 ODI matches in which he scored 5238 runs with the help of 11 centuries and 34 half-centuries. More memorable than Gambhir's records in the blue jersey is the picture in which he engraved India's name on the 2011 World Cup with a dirty jersey. In the World Cup final match, Sri Lanka gave India a target of 275 runs. While chasing the target, two strong batsmen of the Indian team, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, were out cheaply. After this, Gautam Gambhir took charge and played an innings of 97 runs, which gave strength to the backbone of the Indian team, with the help of which India lifted the World Cup and kissed it too.

In the 2011 World Cup final match, the highest score for the Indian team came from Gambhir's bat. That memorable picture of Gambhir's dirty and sweaty blue jersey is etched in the mind of every cricket lover. In the IPL that took place after 2011, Gambhir was the most expensive bidder. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for 11 crores, which Gambhir made the champion in the very next season i.e. 2012.

Gambhir has also played 37 T20 matches in the blue jersey, in which he scored 932 runs with the help of 7 half-centuries. Gambhir's highest score in T20 matches was 75 runs. Gambhir played his last T20 match in 2012 and his last ODI match in 2013. Gambhir last played a Test match for the Indian team in 2016. However, he appeared continuously in the IPL.

He made Kolkata champion by becoming captain twice and coach once

Under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders team has won the IPL trophy twice. When he once again joined the team as a coach, he made Kolkata the IPL champion in 2024 as well. Gambhir scored 4218 runs in 154 matches in the IPL. His highest score was 93 and he scored 36 half-centuries. Gambhir's IPL career started with Delhi Daredevils but later he joined Kolkata Knight Riders and made the team champion as a captain in 2012 and 2014 and as a coach in 2024.

In 2018, Gambhir retired from cricket. He was awarded the second highest civilian award Padma Shri by the Government of India and later he also entered politics. Gambhir's political innings started brilliantly with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and in the very first time he was elected as the MP of East Delhi on a BJP ticket. However, he could never leave cricket. It was the call of cricket that he decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 and this year he is once again returning to Indian cricket as a coach.

Also read: These 3 biggest challenges will be in front of Team India's new head coach Gautam Gambhir; Virat-Rohit also increased the difficulties

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