Gautam Gambhir: Former India batsman retires from all forms of cricket

Overall Gambhir played 58 Tests 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is

Overall Gambhir played 58 Tests 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is

"And with one heavy heart, I've chose to make an announcement that I've dreaded all my life", wrote Gautam in his Twitter post.

Coincidentally, Gambhir's decision to quit from global cricket came on the day when Delhi renamed his franchise name to Delhi Capitals. I was dropped after the Rajkot Test match against England.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be the part of the first Test against Australia is impressed with Gambhir's contribution to Indian cricket. The 37-year-old from Delhi had last played for the country in a Test against England in November 2016. A trophy I'll look at very fondly is the one I got for being awarded the ICC best Test batsman of the year in 2009. He also played 147 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 internationals; he hit 11 ODI hundreds, averaging 39.68, and made seven T20I fifties.

Gambhir will retire after Delhi's Ranji Trophy match against Andra Pradesh that begins on December 6.

Gambhir played a pivotal role in India's historic victories in the inaugural edition of ICC World T20 and also during the ICC World Cup 2011, he played match-winning knocks of 75 (against Pakistan) and 97 (against Sri Lanka) which helped the men in blue to lift the world titles. In addition to, he had led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two titles - in 2012 and 2014. It is all coming to an end from where it started at Feroz Shah Kotla. The southpaw also has accumulated 15,041 runs in first-class cricket and a massive 10,077 runs in List A cricket. 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 said.

Gambhir said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year's IPL but could not make it count.

"After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this attractive game", Gambhir said. Again, when I had a awful tour to England the same year.

Willing to go through the same "aches and pains" and "fears and failures" all over again even in his next life as a cricketer, Gambhir said being the top run-getter in the two World Cup finals would remain the high point of his career.

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