37-year-old Gautam Gambhir has entertained fans with his masterpiece knocks over the years. The fans were at the receiving end recently, as the opener announced his retirement from cricket. The highlight of his career will have those two priceless moments where Gambhir helped India lift the World Cups. In 2007 against Pakistan in the World T20 finals, the opener provided a solid start and made 75. While in 2011, his 97 was instrumental in helping the hosts lift the World Cup in Mumbai, against Sri Lanka.
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
“After more than fifteen years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Two World Cups, highest run-getter in the final of both games, it is the stuff that dreams are made of,” Gambhir tweeted.
Thanks Paaji, our partnership in the Napier Test will remain in my heart forever. So will you. https://t.co/vFgtjBC0aP
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 5, 2018
Emotional Gautam Gambhir cherishes the special moment
Meanwhile, legendary former cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar congratulated him on the stellar career. Tendulkar said it wouldn’t have been possible to win the World Cups without Gambhir’s contribution. Gambhir in return thanked his former colleague and mentioned the priceless knock against New Zealand in Napier; where he batted for more than ten hours in the game. Gambhir said he cherished batting with Tendulkar and that both the partnership and his presence will be in Gambhir’s heart forever.
‘It’s over Gauti’
The batter was highly emotional and understandably so. He put out a video clip where he thanked everyone and expressed himself. He said,
“It slapped me hard when I got those three ducks in a row in the 2014 IPL,” Gambhir said.
“Then again when I had a dreadful tour to England the same year. In 2016 I was on my knees again. I was dropped after the Rajkot Test match against England. I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘IT IS OVER GAUTI’.”