Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who had formed a potent opening combination with Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
He captained the Indian team in six ODIs from late-2010 to late-2011 with India winning all six matches. He played an integral part in India’s wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 runs from 54 balls) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122).
Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is in his career spanning 15 years. Gambhir has ended his career with a tally of 10,324 in international cricket.
The 37 year -old left- handed opening batsman captained Delhi and captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. Last year he returned to his home team Delhi Daredevils .
Gambhir took to social media twitter and an emotional video on his facebook page to announce 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.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 4, 2018
BCCI hailed Gautam Gambhir for his contribution
Congratulations on a phenomenal career, @GautamGambhir!
2011 World Cup
No.1 Test Team #ThankyouGauti https://t.co/k0t7jfLD8i
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2018
Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Tweeted
@GautamGambhir Thank u for the love & leadership my Captain.U r a special man and may Allah always keep & happy…& u should smile a bit more
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 4, 2018