Gautam Gambhir 39th Birthday: Former Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders Captain turns a year older today

India's 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir is celebrating his 39th Birthday today. He held the command of Delhi Capitals (2008-11) and Kolkata Knight Riders (2012-17) in IPL. He is now a member of BJP.

By Puneet Hooda, Updated : Oct 14, 2020 12:15 IST
Gautam Gambhir 39th Birthday: Former Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders Captain turns a year older today
Gautam Gambhir 39th Birthday

Former Indian International Gautam Gambhir is celebrating his 39th birthday today. He played in Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir is known as KKR most successful Captian in IPL as he won two IPL titles with them in 2012 and 2014. In December 2018 he took retirement from cricket and started his career's second innings in Politics. Presently, he is a member of Lok Sabha. 

Gambhir made his debut for the Indian National team in 2003 against Bangladesh. In his 15 years prolonged career he played 147 one-day international, 58 test matches and 37 T20 Internationals for India. Gambhir would always be remembered for his splendid knock of 97 runs in 122 balls against Sri Lanka in the finals of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Courtesy of Gambhir's innings India lifted the World Cup trophy after 28 years. 

39 years old Gambhir also played in the IPL. In 2008 he was signed by Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals). After spending three years with Delhi, Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for 2.4 million. He spent most of his IPL career with KKR and under his leadership, KKR won two titles in 2012 and 2014. However, in 2017 he asked KKR not to retain him since he wanted to end his IPL career at his home team Delhi Capitals. At 2018 IPL Auction Delhi Capitals bagged him and named him the team's captain. After the team's poor performance he stepped down from the captaincy.  

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On December 3, 2018, Gambhir decided to hang up his boots and took retirement from all forms of Cricket. He has 20 centuries and 56 half-centuries to his name in international cricket. Post-retirement he stepped into Politics and joined Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in 2019. In the same year, he won Lok Sabha election from East Delhi seat.

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