Former Indian opener and explosive batter Gautam Gambhir is all set to take retirement from all formats of cricket. He had also posted an emotional video on his social site account announcing his retirement. Gambhir will play his last competitive match against Andhra today in the ongoing Ranji Trophy at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
Gambhir has played exceptionally well during India’s triumph in the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC ODI World Cup 2011.
The 37-year-old, who had played his last game representing India back in 2016 against England is all set to say goodbye to his huge fan following today in his last competitive match against Andhra in on-going Ranji Trophy.
In the last season of the IPL, Gambhir had stepped down from Delhi Daredevils captaincy, handing it over to youngster Shreyas Iyer. Last month, Gambhir also stepped down as the captain of the Delhi Ranji team.
In 16 years long International career, Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is.
The left-hander scored 4,154 runs at an average of 41.95 in Tests, with a highest score of 206 runs and scored 5,238 runs in ODIs, with a highest score of an unbeaten 150. In T20Is, the veteran scored 932 runs at an average of 27.41.
Gautam Gambhir posted an emotional video captioning, “The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life.”
After his post, some of his teammates took to social media congratulating him on his wonderful career:
Harbhajan Singh said, “Gauti I wish you all the best going forward brother…. (yo)u have been a true champion and fighter for India lots of love”
“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” said Irfan Pathan.
Robin Uthappa also tweeted, “I gotta say.. I don’t like retirements.. especially of people that I admire deeply. Congratulations Gautam Gambhir on an amazing career. I’m grateful for all that we shared on and off the field. It’s been an honour skip. My best wishes on (yo)ur second innings.”
Along with the ICC World Cup wins, Gambhir also helped the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinch the titles in 2012 and 2014. Recently, Gambhir was released by the Delhi Daredevils (DD) for the upcoming 2019 season.