Gautam Gambhir, who announced his international retirement on Tuesday, received good wishes from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. However, the batsman hung up his boots after playing 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is along with 251 T20s. He scored 4154 runs in Test cricket from 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is.

Ashwin congratulates Gautam over a successful career

After 15 years of international cricket for India, World Cup winner, Gautam Gambhir decided to bid farewell. However, Gambhir last played for India in 2016 against England in Rajkot.

Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin
Gautam Gambhir led KKR to two IPL titles.

Moreover, the 37-year-old’s last outing would be for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy against Andhra Pradesh in the match starting December 6. Meanwhile, Gambhir made his debut in 2003, in an ODI, against Bangladesh in Dhaka. The southpaw also has accumulated 15,041 runs in first-class cricket and a massive 10,077 runs in List A cricket. In addition to, he had led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two titles – in 2012 and 2014.

Gambhir’s greatest contribution

Furthermore, one of the shining moments of Gautam Gambhir’s career could be the 2011 World Cup. In the finals against Sri Lanka, the left-handed batsman scored 97 runs off 122 deliveries and helped India lift the trophy after 28 years. Also, Gautam was part of India’s World T20 winning squad in 2007 in South Africa as well.

Coincidentally, Gambhir’s decision to quit from international cricket came on the day when Delhi renamed his franchise name to Delhi Capitals. Last year, however, he gave up the leadership duties midway during IPL 2018 owing to poor form and a string of defeats. Also, Gambhir retires as the fourth highest run-getter in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He had scored 4217 runs in 152 innings at an average of 31, including 36 half-centuries. Moreover, the veteran was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2008.

Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin
Gautam Gambhir hit 97 in the finals of the World Cup 2011. Image Courtesy: Getty

However, Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be the part of the first Test against Australia is impressed with Gambhir’s contribution to Indian cricket. A day before the start of the Adelaide Test, Ravi Ashwin showered praises and hoped GG would begin with something better in his life.

“One of Indias best has bid farewell to the game, @GautamGambhir you have been inspirational to me and many others over the years and now I am sure is the beginning of even better things from you. #gautithefighter #GautamGambhirRetires”