Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement

MUMBAI: After 15 years of international cricket for India, World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket – he announced in an emotional Facebook video. Gambhir retires after last playing for the country in 2016 against England in Rajkot. He scored 4154 runs in Test cricket from 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is. His last outing would be for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy against Andhra Pradesh in the match starting December 6.

“After more than fifteen years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Two World Cups, highest run-getter in the final of both games, it is the stuff that dreams are made of,” he says in the video.

Gambhir made his debut in 2003, in an ODI, against Bangladesh in Dhaka. In first-class cricket, Gambhir accumulated 15,041 runs and a massive 10,077 runs in List A cricket. In IPL, he led Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles – in 2012 and 2014. His shining moment may be the 2011 World Cup where he scored 97 from 122 balls in the final against Sri Lanka to steer India to first title since 1983. He was also part of India’s World T20 winning squad in 2007.

Incidentally, Gambhir’s decision to quit comes on the day when the Delhi Daredevils IPL team were renamed as Delhi Capitals – who he represented at the top of the order as captain. Last year, however, he gave up leadership duties midway during IPL 2018 owing to poor form and a string of defeats.

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