The opener of the Indian cricket team and the World Cup hero, Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement on Tuesday, 4 December from all forms of cricket.
In a more than 11minute long video post-Gautam, Gambhir said: The match against Andhra of the Ranji Trophy Game against Andhra will be his last day in the field. What a coincidence that he played his first match at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground and itis coming to an end where it all started at “. Sharing his thoughts on the big decision he further added that “The thought has been with him day and night. It has traveled with him on flights like a piece of irritable excess baggage; it has accompanied him to practice sessions, mocking at him like a menacing bowler. Not only this, it has made his dinner taste horrible too on certain days.
With over 10000 runs from his 56 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is – not to mention leading Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles – Gautam Gambhir has been a grand contributor to Indian cricket. He has been awarded the Arjuna Award and not only this has been declared as the Test player of 2009 by the ICC but much more tellingly Virendra Sehwag called him the best Indian Test opener India has ever got after Sunil Gavaskar.
He scored a match-winning 97 in the 2011 World Cup final. His hard work and marvelous performance in the ODIs helped him to get a place in the Test Team too. In his complete career, he played around over 40 Test matches showcasing his talent and skills. The ODIs also have an around the same average as the Test matches. His achievements have made the whole country proud.
Gautam Gambhir ensured that he played the game hard, but fair. He has managed to create his own small fan base, but for the things he has achieved on the field, he must never go underappreciated. For, he has given us so much joy, that, in fact, itis the right time that we must look back at his career with respect and also celebrate it at the same time.