Gambhir made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2003 and played his first Test the following year against Australia. He captained the Indian team in six ODIs from late-2010 to late-2011 with India winning all six matches.
The cute guy with skills...
Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four international cricketers to score hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. He is the only Indian batsman scoring 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 IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014.
The love story...
Getting him off the pitch is not an easy task for the bowlers, but this Indian opening batsman was clean bowled by a Delhi girl with whom he got hitched in 2011.
The grace of a loved arranged love marriage is of a whole another dimension. Although the couple had an arranged marriage, they fell in love after a few meetings.
Gautam and Natasha’s businessmen fathers were good friends. It was through them that Gautam first met Natasha. Initially, they became friends, but after a couple of years they fell in love with each other and decided to get booked for life. It was only after their parent’s consent that they took the plunge, got engaged and then got married years later in October 2011 in Gurgaon.
“We'd known each other, been friends for 2-3 years, and then we decided to get married. Our families had also known each other for the last 30 years -- our fathers knew each other -- and then we became friends. We both decided (to get married) first, and then took our parents' consent. We'd been engaged for about a year before marriage”, recalls Natasha about marriage.
The falling in love...
Natasha knew that Gautam was a famous cricketer and will always be in the limelight. This did bother Natasha initially as she was not used to all the fame and attention like him. In fact, she was “not really into cricket” and was “more like girls are - interested in fashion, clothes makeup, jewelry." But after knowing Gautam over the years and his easy-going nature, Natasha got attracted towards him and decided to make him her life partner.
Gautam was clear that he wanted a life partner who is grounded and can keep him grounded too. And, when he found this one quality in Natasha, he held her hand for life without any delay. \
Everything was set, the respective parents nodded to their relationship and were happy with their union and so were the couple, but Gautam had only one condition for marriage that he would get hitched only after the World Cup.
He says, “My only decision was to get married after the 2011 World Cup. Obviously, we'd known each other before that, but I wanted to play the 2011 World Cup because that was my first 50-over World Cup and I wanted to do really well. Luckily, we won, and I was the highest run-getter. We'd already decided to get married, but my only condition was after the World Cup”.
Therefore, after the World Cup, on October 29, 2011, it was time for Gautam and Natasha to walk down the aisle. The couple had a traditional Punjabi wedding with Mehandi and sangeet ceremonies. The bride looked resplendent in red lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani, while the groom looked dashing in black bandhgala.
The wedding took place at Gurgaon farmhouse, was a low-key affair with only 100 guests in attendance, mostly close friends and family members of the couple. The number was to be kept the minimum on request of the groom as he wanted the wedding to be a small and private affair.
Lovebirds are doting parents to two lovely daughters – Aazeen, the elder one who was born in May 2014, and the younger one, who was born in June 2017.