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Why Is Gautam Gambhir The Most Underrated Indian Cricketer?

When on the field he's as alert as a tiger on the hunt!

Why Is Gautam Gambhir The Most Underrated Indian Cricketer?
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Gautam Gambhir, born on October 14th, 1981, is a left-handed batsman who mainly serves as an opener for the Indian cricket team. He made his debut in the 1900-00 season for Delhi and in the year 2000, he was selected in the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore which is a premiere place to train young cricketers who have the capability to represent the Indian cricket team.

He played a vital role in the 2007 T20 world cup triumph and 2011 cricket world cup, however, his career graph took a downfall after 2011.

But the southpaw couldn't be written off so easily. Today he leads Delhi and is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Gautam has come a long way and today, on his 35th birthday, we'd like to share some of the greatest things he has done for out cricket team.

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1. He scored 81 runs in 3rd youth one day game against England in Hyderabad.

1. He scored 81 runs in 3rd youth one day game against England in Hyderabad.

Gambhir helped U19 Indian cricket team to win the series 2-1.

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2. He scored consecutive double centuries 

2. He scored consecutive double centuries 
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In the year 2002, Gambhir scored back to back double hundreds in the domestic circuit including one against Zimbabwe side.

3. He received the Arjuna award

3. He received the Arjuna award
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Gambhir recieved the Arjuna award in the year 2008.

4. He made his debut as a captain in the year 2010

4. He made his debut as a captain in the year 2010
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He captained the Indian side in ODIs against New Zealand in 2010.

Team India won all the 6 matches that they played under Gambhir.

5. He's one of the highest paid retained cricketers in IPL

5. He's one of the highest paid retained cricketers in IPL
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He became the most expensive player at the time when Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for 2.5 million dollars in the year 2010.

6. He led his IPL team to the championship crown.

6. He led his IPL team to the championship crown.
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He made his team win the match in 2012 and then in the year 2014 he won his 2nd IPL title for KKR.

7. He's the only Indian cricketer to have scored a total of 500 in 5 consecutive matches!

7. He's the only Indian cricketer to have scored a total of 500 in 5 consecutive matches!
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Gambhir is the only Indian cricketer and one of the four International cricketers to maintain such consistency.

Also, he is the only Indian cricketer who has scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series.

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8. He scored 11 fifties in 11 consecutive Test innings 

8. He scored 11 fifties in 11 consecutive Test innings 
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He's the second cricketer after Vivian Richards to make that possible.

9. He has the highest individual score record.

9. He has the highest individual score record.
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During the second youth test series, Gambhir scored 212 and recorded the highest individual score in innings by an Indian which was overhauled by Tanmay Srivastava, who scored 220, in the year 2006.

10. He scored a brilliant 75 in just 54 balls!

10. He scored a brilliant 75 in just 54 balls!
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Gambhir was India's top runscorer in the ICC World Twenty20 with 227 runs.

Only Mathew Hayden was the one to score more than him with 265.

11. He was ranked as no. 1 batsman!

11. He was ranked as no. 1 batsman!
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In 2009, Gambhir was ranked as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

He also received the ICC Test player of the year in the same year!

12. He was the game changer in 2011 World Cup final match against Sri Lanka

12. He was the game changer in 2011 World Cup final match against Sri Lanka
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In 2011, Gambhir made 97 runs from 122 balls in ICC WC which is the prime reason why India won that match.

13. His partnership with Sehwag earned the dual most partnership runs!

13. His partnership with Sehwag earned the dual most partnership runs!
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They made 4412 partnership runs in 87 innings while opening which is the most for an Indian opening pair.

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