New Delhi, Oct 14: Veteran India opener Gautam Gambhir is celebrating his 35th birthday ond Friday (October 14).
After a gap of 2 years, Gambhir played for India in the 3rd and final Test against New Zealand as the side whitewashed the Kiwis 3-0.
Here are a few interesting facts about Gautam Gambhir:
- He made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2003 in Dhaka.
- Only Indian batsman to have slammed 5 consecutive Test centuries: 2 against New Zealand, 2 against Sri Lanka and 1 against Bangladesh.
- Second batsman to spend most time at the crease. He batted for 643 minutes during his innings of 137 against New Zealand in 2009.
- He played crucial part with his batting in both the World Cup finals (2007 T20 WC, 2011 WC) India won under MS Dhoni's captaincy.
- He scored 75 in 2007 WC final against Pakistan while 97 in the 2011 WC final against Sri Lanka.
- Among three captains who lifted IPL trophies twice, other two being MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
- Was named ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.
On his 35th birthday, India's cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Team India's Head Coach Anil Kumble and several others conveyed their best wishes to the aggressive Delhi dasher.
Fans too greeted the Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper on Twitter and wished him.
Here's how Twitterati greeted Gambhir:
Happy birthday my most precious !!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/kGzRBev6Es— natasha gambhir (@natashagambhir2) October 14, 2016
Wishing a wonderful birthday and a wonderful life ahead. Hope the coming days bring in a lot of happiness @GautamGambhir!— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 14, 2016
Many happy returns of the day @GautamGambhir— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 14, 2016
@GautamGambhir :) when a man begins to understand himself, he begins to live. Happy birthday:))— vijay dahiya (@vijdahiya) October 14, 2016
Happy Birthday Gautam Gambhir— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 14, 2016
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Happy Birthday Gautam Gambhir the man for World Cup finals who played vital innings in both WT20 and World Cup which helped India to win..— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 14, 2016
Wishing @GautamGambhir a very happy birthday. Hope the shoulder is fine now!— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 14, 2016