Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has decided to call it a day from all forms of cricket and officially ends his 15-year career.
Just after few minutes of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez announcing his retirement from Test cricket, Gambhir announced his retirement via his facebook account.
Gambhir posted an 11-minute video where he talked briefly about his career and announced his retirement.
“The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life. After more than 15 years of playing for my country, I want to retire from this beautiful game,” he said.
The Indian opener played a crucial part in India’s World Cup in 2011 and scored 97 runs in the final against Sri Lanka which helped India in the end to lift the trophy. The left-handed batsman was also ranked No. 1 batsman in Tests in 2009.
Gambhir played 58 Test matches for India and scored 4154 runs at an average of 41.96 while he played 147 ODIs with 5238 runs under his belt at an average of 39.68.
Things started to fall apart for the Indian opener when he was first dropped in 2016 and since then, he was never a part of the regular time. He got rare opportunities in some occasions, but failed to prove his worth and cement his place once again.
Gambhir also had a terrible time in the last Indian Premier League (IPL) as he quitted captaincy after the first six matches with Delhi Daredevils and then was replaced by Shreyas Iyer. He was also released by the franchise ahead of the 2019 auctions.
With nothing going on his way, it was only about time that the India’s World Cup hero decides to announce his retirement from cricket.