Gautam Gambhir, one of India’s most remarkable opening batsmen, turned 39 today. Gautam Gambhir has played an incredible role in taking Indian cricket to great heights but was not really celebrated as much as he deserved to be. He has played an integral part in two of India's biggest wins. In the finals of the 2007 World Twenty20 he scored 75 runs from 54 balls leading his team to victory and in the 2011 Cricket World Cup he had an outstanding innings of 97 from 122 balls, which made India win the World Cup after 28years. Under Gambhir's captaincy, Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL titles in 2012 & 2014 respectively. Gautam Gambhir was the only Indian and one of those four international cricketer to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. He is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. He was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, in the year 2008 by the President of India. In 2009, he was the number one ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings. The same year, he was the awarded the ICC Test Player of the Year award. In 2019, he also received the Padma Shri from the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
Wishing the former cricket a very Happy Birthday. And thanking him for his undefinable contribution to the Indian Cricket Team. Best Wishes!