Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from cricket

Watch When Gautam Gambhir gave up his man of the match award for a young Virat Kohli

Watch When Gautam Gambhir gave up his man of the match award for a young Virat Kohli

However, Delhi would have ideally liked the veteran left-hander to at least complete the season but having understood that a good IPL deal is a long shot, Gambhir did what any player who has played a bit of global cricket would do - retire with minimum fuss. "And with one heavy heart, I've decided to make an announcement that I've dreaded all my life".

Gambhir played nearly 250 times for his country across all formats, including 58 Tests and 147 ODIs.

Gambhir struck 75 off 54 balls to inspire India to World Twenty20 glory in the 2007 decider against fierce rivals Pakistan, and his 97 helped see his nation home in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka.

Gambhir was the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket and was named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009. More recently, Gambhir had led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles and in 2017-'18, captained a Delhi side that finished runners-up in the Ranji Trophy.

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"Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun".

He had also played a significant role in India's series win in New Zealand in which he scored a defiant century in Napier to draw the Test. "It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground", Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post. He played 147 ODIs, scoring 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike-rate of 85.25. 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 added. "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". It said the same: 'IT IS OVER GAUTI'.

Gambhir said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year's IPL but could not make it count. "Then again when I had a awful tour to England the same year".

In the heartfelt video, Gambhir said: "After more than 15 years of playing for my country, I want to retire from this lovely game".

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