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Gautam Gambhir signed off his cricketing career in style as he scored his 43rd first class century vs Andhra in the Ranji Trophy for Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
But Gambhir’s final century celebration was a short one as the Delhi opener quickly acknowledged his fans and got back to is innings, in order to make his final knock a huge one.
Gambhir, who was continuing from his overnight score of 92 faced no pressure in reaching the three figure mark as he brought it up with a double. The 38 year old was once again greeted by a bunch of fans in the New Pavilion, who cheered him with banners that read ‘Thank You Gauti’.
Gambhir couldn’t carry on much after reaching his century as he was soon removed for 112 by the bowling of Shoaib Khan. Throughout his innings he was being troubled by Andhra’s left-arm spinner Manish Golamaru and even got a second chance after being dropped on 105.
In the end, Gambhir could bid adieu to his cricketing career in a fitting manner. The veteran announced his retirement on Tuesday after 15 years of international cricket for India.
Gambhir scored 4154 runs in Test cricket from 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is. His shining moment may be the 2011 World Cup where he scored 97 from 122 balls in the final against Sri Lanka to steer India to the first title since 1983. He was also part of India’s World T20 winning squad in 2007.