The hero of ICC World Cup 2011 final and two-time IPL winning team’s captain Gautam Gambhir announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday evening. The Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be his last game.
Gambhir mentioned in his video statement that he has been reflecting and dreading about retirement for years. He was pointing to his failures in the 2014 IPL and having being dropped from the Test side in 2016. A quite poor performance in IPL 2018 when he returned to Delhi Daredevils from KKR, made him decide that his time was up.
37-year-old Gambhir who played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India, has scored more than 10000 runs combined. He made his debut in 2003 and played his last game for India in a Test against England in Rajkot in 2016. He retires with 9 Test centuries and 11 ODI centuries to his name.
The man who won us two world cups announces retirement from cricket
NOW AS U RETIRE, we”ll miss your plays forever. Wishing you a stress -free life full of success and happiness!#GautamGambhirRetires#gautamgambhir
— #AUSvIND (@BCCI_Score) December 4, 2018
He said in a video statement, “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game, Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously, with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds and in the next life may be a few five-wicket hauls as well.”
Gambhir played vital roles in India’s World Cup victories in the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup. In both the final, he tops scored for India with 75 and 97 in the respective finals.
?2007 T20 World Cup Final: 75(54)
?2011 World Cup Final: 97(122)
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 4, 2018
Among Gambhir’s highest points in Test format is the marathon 643-minute 137 runs which helped India save a Test against New Zealand in Napier in 2009. The 206 against Australia in New Delhi in 2008 is his highest Test score.
After being dropped from the format in 2014, Gambhir received a recall to Tests in 2016. Though he was dropped after managing to score just 108 runs in 2 Tests, one each against New Zealand and England.
Played with all heart with some amazing match winning knocks for the country and I’m sure your journey ahead will be even better. Happy retirement brother @GautamGambhir
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 4, 2018
Gambhir formed a successful opening association with Sehwag in times when India was seeking stable openers giving a good start. They’re the most successful opening partners for India, having added 4412 runs together from 87 Tests at an average of 52.52. Gambhir also had a hugely successful IPL career as both batsman and captain. He is the fourth highest run-scorer in IPL with 4217 runs from 154 matches, led KKR to the title victory twice.
“The thing that I will miss the most is the camaraderie of an Indian team’s dressing room,” he said. He also said that he will miss all players with whom he played and offered gratitude to all.
He expressed, “At some stage, I would like to shed the retired cricketers’ tag and would like to recycle myself to be useful for something else in cricket and beyond. I am a big one on loyalty. I am glad that I could finish with teams that I started my journey with. In this case, ending with both Delhi Daredevils and Delhi domestic side has given me immense satisfaction.”
After his retirement announcement, social media was flooded with tweets from many players and his teammates expressing that he will be missed for sure for his extraordinary contribution to Cricket.
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