New Delhi: Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket, calling time on a career that began in 1999-2000, and has lasted almost two decades.
The 37-year-old Delhi batsman announced his decision in a video post on social media. His last match will be Delhi’s Ranji Trophy match against Andhra at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, beginning on December 6.
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
Gambhir played in 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016, scoring 4,154 runs at an average of 41.95, with the help of nine hundreds and 22 fifties.
He also played in 147 ODIs between 2003 and 2013, besides featuring in 37 T20 Internationals.
Gambhir was part of two World Cup triumphs for India, top-scoring in both finals. He made a crucial 75 helping India to beat Pakistan by five runs in the 2007 World T20 final.
In the 2011 World Cup final, batting at No.3, the left-hand batsman scored 97 to revive India after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar had fallen early.
Gambhir’s last appearance for India came in the first Test of the home series against England in late 2016.