Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. He played an integral part in both the world cup triumphs, the 2007 T20 world cup and the 2011 world cup. He played an innings of 75 in the T20 final and again he played an innings of 93 against Sri Lanka in 2011 final. He played 58 tests, 147 One day Internationals and 37 T20Is for India. He scored 9 test hundreds and 11 ODI hundreds. His career took off in 2008 when he was called to open with Sehwag across all formats after India’s debacle in 2007 World Cup.
The southpaw was involved in India’s first test series victory in New Zealand in four decades. To top that, there were the series victories against the touring Sri Lankan and English sides. He started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils but he really came into his own with KKR where he won two titles for them as skipper. His leadership qualities were at peak at that time. He captained India also in few games. He led India to a 5-0 clean sweep against New Zealand when they toured India.
Gambhir who was born on 14 October 1981 was conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award, in the year 2008. In 2009, he was awarded as the number 1 batsman in test cricket by ICC. In the same year, he received the ICC Test player of the year award.
|BATTING & FIELDING PERFORMANCE|
|Test||58||104||5||4154||206 v AUS||9||22||518||10||41.95||51.49||38||0|
|ODI||147||143||11||5238||150* v SL||11||34||561||17||39.68||85.25||36||0|
|World Cup||9||9||0||393||97 v SL||0||4||37||0||43.66||85.06||–||–|
|T20I||37||36||2||932||75 v PAK||0||7||109||10||27.41||119.02||11||0|
|IPL||148||147||16||4132||93 v BLR||0||35||484||58||31.54||124.6||27||0|
|CL||18||17||2||328||80 v CHE||0||3||33||9||21.86||118.84||5||0|
Gautam Gambhir Twitter
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.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 4 December 2018
KKR Tweet on Gautam Gambhir retirement
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 4, 2018