Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Achiever - Gautam Gambhir

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There is nice article in cricinfo magazine today. Talks about Gautam Gambhir and his achievements in the last two years. He has been very instrumental in India's big wins and also Delhi (his home side) to win Ranji after a long long time.

To me he looks like a match winner every time he comes on to bat. He is one of the very few people in Indian cricket team who is a product of strong domestic cricket foundation and hard work at the international level.

The shots he plays against spinners clearly proves that he has played some quality spin at home and he knows how to clobber them. His shot over the extra covers is the one not many people play that consistently in international cricket. Here is a quick snapshot of what he has done recently and may have been easily forgotten.

Gambhir's ascent

· Gambhir has been the second-highest run-getter in ODIs in 2008: his 649 runs have only been bettered by Salman Butt.

· He topped the run-scoring charts for most part of the Indian Premier League, but was pipped by Shaun Marsh into second place. He hit the most fours - 68, but cleared the boundary only eight times.

· Gambhir scored 440 runs in the CB Series in Australia, outdoing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden.

· He led from the front in Delhi's successful 2007-08 Ranji Trophy campaign, scoring 730 runs at an average of 91.25.

· All four of Gambhir's hundreds for Delhi came in the second innings of a match, with two of them steering the team to victory in the semi-final and final.

· With 227 runs, Gambhir was India's top run-scorer at the World Twenty20 in South Africa.

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