Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all cricket

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all cricket

The Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be Gautam's last game. The 37-year-old from Delhi had last played for the country in a Test against England in November 2016.

In an global career spanning 16 years, Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is.

Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that. "Then again when I had a awful tour to England the same year". Gambhir made his last appearance in the coveted India jersey during the first Test against England (2016) in the home series. "I was searching for my confidence, in that deep dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp disturbing noise, it said the same- it is over Gauti", he added. He also made his mark in T20I cricket playing 37 matches scoring 932 runs at an average of 27.41 with 7 half centuries.

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The man who played major knocks in the finals of two World Cups, in 2007 and 2011, Gautam Gambhir has chose to call it day after his next Ranji game against Andhra.

"After more than fifteen years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this handsome game", the cricketer said in a video posted on Facebook.

Before the 2018 IPL auctions, he chose to part ways with the franchise in order to make himself available for his home team Delhi. "Well, I am here to share a thought which I have been contemplating and I dare say dreading", Gambhir said, in a long and emotional video message shared via his social media accounts. "This may sound a little wishful but I've seen wishes come true", he said. "A trophy that I look at very fondly is the one that I got for being awarded International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman of the year in 2009". For a purist like me, it is a reward for somewhat knowing where my off stump was.

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