Gautam Gambhir, former India opener, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Gambhir last turned out for India in November 2016. Delhi's next Ranji Trophy match against Andhra starting December 6 will be his last match.
Gambhir scored 4119 runs averaging 42.92 with nine hundreds and 22 fifties in Tests. His highest score came at Feroz Shah Kotla in 2008 where he scored 206. He is remembered tor his 137 at Napier when be batted fot 600 minutes. In 2009, he was the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.
In ODIs, Gambhir hit 5238 runs at 39.68, with 11 hundreds and 34 half-centuries. He was India’s top-scorer in the 2011 World Cup final. Gambhir also top-scored in India’s 2007 World T20 final triumph.
Gambhir announced his decision to retire through a video post on his Facebook page. "My cricket coach Mr. Sanjay Bharadwaj stood with me during thick and thin of life. Whenever in trouble, I could count on him. Sir I don't know if I have made you proud, but I can assure you sir, I gave it all that I had. Sanjay sir introduced me to the other coaching influence of my life. The late Mr. Parthasarathy Sharma. He was an institution in the art of batting. A lot of credit for my ability to play spin bowling should go to him. I hope I was worth his time,” he said thanking his coaches.
"Yes, there are pressures of international sport, but then when you have team-mates like I had, these pressures look elementary. I learnt heaps from each one of them. I will miss all of that and more, thank you guys. You all will be my one big family," Gambhir added in his video post.
--By A Cricket Correspondent