After over 15 years of successful career in Indian cricket, Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir on December 4, 2018 announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Gautam Gambhir was one of the most complete batsmen who opened well in all three forms of the game – Test matches, ODIs and T20s. He exhibited best in his innings between 2008 and the 2011 World Cup.
He announced his retirement on Twitter:
Gautam Gambhir’s role in helping win World T20 and 2011 World Cup
Gambhir was instrumental in India's successful campaigns in the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007. Gambhir was the top-scorer for India in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup finals.
While he scored 75 against Pakistan in the World T20 final at Johannesburg, his 97 against Sri Lanka in 2011 helped India lift the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Gambhir's blazing 75 against Pakistan in World T20
Gambhir played a key role in helping India win the World T20 final in 2007 against Pakistan. Gambhir opened the innings with Yusuf Pathan. Despite the loss of wickets at regular intervals, Gambhir was firm at his end and scored runs at will.
He smashed 75 off 54 balls to help India post 157/5 from their 20 overs. On the other hand, Pakistan fell 5 runs short and India lifted the title in the inaugural edition of the World T20.
Gambhir's role in 2011 World Cup
In the 2011 World Cup finals, Gambhir was involved in a crucial 109-run stand with MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka. Gambhir was dismissed with 97 in his kitty that had made India win the 2011 World Cup.
India created history in 2011 by becoming the first host nation to win the World Cup, but that could not have been possible without Gambhir’s innings.
Magnificent career in Indian Premier League
A Glance at Gambhir’s cricket career
• Gambhir made 58 Test appearances for India, making 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. His 147 ODIs fetched him 5238 runs, while in 37 T20 Internationals, he scored 932 runs.
• The left-handed batsman scored 10324 runs in international cricket.
• He is also the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series.
• He was also a part of the India team that gained the No.1 spot in Test cricket in 2009 under Captain MS Dhoni.
• In 2009, he was ranked as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket in the ICC's rankings, two years after he was ranked No.1 as T20I batsman.
• In One Day Internationals (ODIs), Gambhir achieved his career-best 8th rank in ODIs.
• He formed one of India's most durable opening partnerships in world cricket with Virendra Sehwag, the duo together scoring 4412 runs for India in 87 innings from 2004 to 2012.
• He led Delhi to the Ranji Trophy title in 2007-08.
• He was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2008.
• Gambhir made his international debut in 2003, in an ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Recently, Gambhir also stepped down as Delhi's Ranji Trophy captain. The Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh on December 6 at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be Gambhir's last match of his glorious career.
Gambhir last played international cricket for India in 2016 against England in Rajkot.