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Gautam Gambhir, who had recently announced his retirement from International cricket, and he had been a significant contributor in the 2011 World Cup for Team India. The southpaw has revealed that he will keep his 2011 World Cup final jersey in his cabinet. However, it will remain as a lifetime achievement for him being as a professional.

Gambhir’s contribution to his nation

Meanwhile, Gambhir played an excellent knock of 97 against Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 ICC World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

However, it is undoubtedly one of the most significant innings he ever played. He stabilised the Indian innings after India lost their opening batsman Virender Sehwag who only faced two deliveries.

Moreover, the game might be remembered for the then skipper MS Dhoniwho slammed a winning six. But it was Gambhir who started the chase. However, he was unlucky to have missed out on a hundred by mere three runs.

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In addition to, Gambhir was also the top scorer for India in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup finals. India created history in 2011 by becoming the first host nation to win the World Cup.

It would not have been possible without the contribution of Gambhir. Earlier, in his World Cup knock, the Delhi-bound cricketer also involved himself with Virat Kohli in an 83 run stand for the third wicket.

Gambhir’s achievement in IPL:

The finalist team Sri Lanka put 274 runs on the scoreboard after the end of 50th over. One of the most exceptional pacers Lasith Malinga had removed the opening duo Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early in the innings. But he found it hard to tackle Gambhir.

Gambhir had reached the career-high ranking of No.1 in Tests in 2009 two years after he attained No.1 as a T20I batsman.

The 37-year-old also had a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) career. He led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to glory in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Furthermore, Gambhir is one of the three skippers who won the IPL title two times.

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Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India since making his international debut in 2003 in Dhaka. The left-handed bat scored 10,324 runs in International cricket.

Arijit Chatterjee

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