The most expensive player in IPL history' is a heavy tag for any player to bear, but Gambhir's performances in IPL 5 were worth their weight in gold. He won three man of the match awards and captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to the final, which they won. The $2.4 million spent on bringing him to Eden Gardens turned out to be a great investment as he finished as the tournament's second-highest run scorer. Internationally, he had a solid year scoring just over 1,000 runs in ODIs to make up for below-par Test match performances.
Fast Facts : The crafty left-hander now commands nine endorsement deals. October 2011 saw India's opener tie the knot with Natasha Jain.