Gautam Gambhir (￼ pronunciation ; born 14 October 1981) is an Indianinternational cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, and captainsKolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his One Day International (ODI) debut againstBangladesh in 2003, and played his firstTest the following year againstAustralia. He captained the Indian teamin six ODIs from late-2010 to late-2011 with India winning all six matches. He played an integral part in India's wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 from 54 balls) and the2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122 balls).
Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four international cricketers to have scored five hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. He is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. As of February 2014, he is the highest run-scorer for India in Twenty20 Internationals. Under Gambhir's captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their maiden IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014. Fellow Indian team-mateVirender Sehwag called Gambhir "the best Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar".