Gautam Gambhir is someone who loves a battle. His fighting spirit is something that is rarely seen on a cricket field. The stylish left-handed batsman finds himself out of the team, despite some very good performance in the domestic circuit as well as in the IPL. It’s more disappointing for his fans than surprising that they are not able to see a Gautam Gambhir comeback.
While Gambhir is a total package, who can shift gears as and when required, it is the Test cricket where he has shown his best. To his fans’ dislike, his contributions for the team in Tests have all gone unnoticed.
Here are three Gautam Gambhir Test match numbers, which you might not know.
Only the fourth batsman in Test cricket to score 5 consecutive Test centuries: He is behind Sir Don Bradman, Jacques Kallis and Mohammad Yousuf in the list of batsmen scoring 5 or more consecutive Test centuries. Gautam scored 2 centuries against New Zealand, 2 against Sri Lanka and 1 against Bangladesh, starting from March 2009 to January 2010.
Played the second-longest Test innings by an Asian batsman: It was the Napier Test, where the first real ‘test’ of Gambhir’s character as a Test batsman came. He passed it with flying colours as the left-hand bat batted for 643 minutes at stretch. This innings was also the second-longest innings by any Asian batsman. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hanif tops the list. He batted for a mind-boggling 970 minutes.
11 consecutive fifties in Test matches: Gautam Gambhir is second on the list of batsmen scoring most number of consecutive fifties in Test cricket. He entered the record books after hitting 11 back-to-back Test fifties between 29 October 2008 and 24 January 2010. Only AB de Villiers is ahead of Gambhir with 12 consecutive fifties.