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Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from cricket

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from cricket

Coincidentally, Gambhir's decision to quit from worldwide cricket came on the day when Delhi renamed his franchise name to Delhi Capitals. "And with one heavy heart, I've decided to make an announcement that I've dreaded all my life", wrote Gautam in his Twitter post. The 37-year old made an official announcement on his personal Twitter handle, he wrote in the post, "The most hard decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts".

Gambhir was one of India's underachievers although he was part of the glory moments of his time - he had a significant hand in India's 2007 World Twenty20 triumph in South Africa, the 2008 CB Series win in Australia and the 2011World Cup victory in Mumbai.

Gambhir was the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket and was named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009. In addition to, he had led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two titles - in 2012 and 2014.

"On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste disgusting", Gambhir said, declaring that the next Ranji match between Delhi and Andhra at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will be his last competitive game. He was at his best in the Test format as well and deservedly played his last game for India in the longest format itself.

The other such chapters in his career included being the ICC's Test batsman of the year in 2009, and being a part of a world number one Indian Test team.




In ODI cricket, Gambhir played 147 matches with 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and 11 centuries.

"The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is all coming to an end from where it started at Feroz Shah Kotla", he said. The southpaw also has accumulated 15,041 runs in first-class cricket and a massive 10,077 runs in List A cricket. It said the same: 'IT IS OVER GAUTI'.

"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.

"After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year's IPL with confidence as my best buddy". "Two World Cups, highest run-getter in the final of both of these games is the stuff dreams are made of".


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