Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Gautam Gambhir retires from all forms of cricket

Gautam Gambhir retires from all forms of cricket

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all formats of cricket, calling it the most hard decision taken with the heaviest of hearts. In 2016, I was on my knees again.

Gambhir last played for India in 2016.

In his video, Gambhir admits that the thought of retirement has been playing in his mind for a while now saying, "Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or DD, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting, 'It is over Gauti'".

Gambhir played nearly 250 times for his country across all formats, including 58 Tests and 147 ODIs.

His final match will be on his home ground for Delhi against Andhra in the Ranji Trophy, starting on Thursday.

The man who played major knocks in the finals of two World Cups, in 2007 and 2011, Gautam Gambhir has made a decision to call it day after his next Ranji game against Andhra. I was dropped after Rajkot Test match against England. His 75 formed the major chunk of India's total in the 2007 finals against Pakistan.

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Another wicket would have put India in a serious trouble but Gautam Gambhir brought in all his experience and played a majestic innings to bail the Men in Blue out of trouble.

Gambhir's decision comes after his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils parted ways with him ahead of the IPL auction later this month.

"So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this handsome game". He also looked back fondly on being part of the No.1 Test team, and winning the triangular CB series in Australia in 2008.

"This may sound a little wishful but I've seen wishes come true". "Two World Cups, highest run-getter in the final of both of these games is the stuff dreams are made of".

However, a couple of years after the World Cup heroic, Gambhir lost his place in the team. His rich vein of form in 2008 and 2009 meant he also earned the ICC Test Player of the Year award for 2009. For a purist like me, it is a reward for somewhat knowing where my off stump was.

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