One of the most iconic and lovable players of the Indian Cricket team and the guy that is responsible for India winning at 2007 T20 and 2011 World Cup final matches, Gautam Gambhir has finally announced his retirement from all forms of International Cricket.
He will be last seen at the Ranji Trophy fixture against Andhra Pradesh starting on 6 December at his home ground in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla to be the final game of his 15-year long career.
Gambhir, 37, has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India scoring more than 10000 runs combined. He made his debut in 2003 and last played for India in a Test against England in Rajkot in 2016. He also had a very successful IPL career having led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles – in 2012 and 2014.
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 announced his retirement via an 11-minute long video, where he said:
“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.”
Twitter united to pour their respects and paid tribute to the Cricketing legend with #ThankYouGambhir trending at the top spot.
Congratulations on a phenomenal career, @GautamGambhir!
2007 WT20 🏆
2011 World Cup 🏆
No.1 Test Team 🥇#ThankyouGauti https://t.co/k0t7jfLD8i
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2018
"Gotham Gambhir"#ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/Amwy3EiEVj
— CRAZY SHAKTIMAAN™ (@AsliSHAKTIMAAN) December 4, 2018
#GautamGambhir 's retirement is a good news for Dhoni fans after long time coz Dhoni isn't talented enough to give good news.#ThankYouGambhir
— Kanatunga: Thug of Sri Lanka ❁ (@Kanatunga) December 4, 2018
👉2007 T20 World Cup Final: 75(54)
👉2011 World Cup Final: 97(122)
Gautam Gambhir Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket. Thanks For Giving Us 2 World Cups, The Unsung Hero Of World Cup Finals. 👏🙏🇮🇳#GautamGambhir #ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/sVhtUaT7Kw
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 4, 2018
Still remember this game where gambhir was sledged continuously by Aussies and he took them on single handedly, kept smashing them all day with the bat and verbals too.#ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/1918ihCTtS
— Akki (@CrickPotato1) December 4, 2018
The one hero of Indian cricket who deserved much better treatment. A hero without whom our dream of cricket world cup couldn't come true. You are champion Gauti, and will always remain one! #ThankYouGambhir https://t.co/6uiPg2otlU
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) December 4, 2018
•Given away his MOM to Virat Kohli on his debut century.
•206 at Delhi vs Aus
•167 at Wellington vs Nz
•150 at Colombo vs SL
•75 at Johannesburg 2007 T20i final vs Pak
•97 at Mumbai 2011WC final vs SL.
Every Indian will be thankful for those 2Wc knocks.#ThankYouGambhir https://t.co/6e6XrFQ2fl
— Jay – Nomad of Nights 🔱 (@Kanth__) December 4, 2018
Gambir: Tell me something i don't know..
Fan: You deserve better..#ThankYouGambhir
— Romz (@RomanaRaza) December 4, 2018
Just In : Gautam Gambhir announces retirement. M S Dhoni finds it difficult to control himself to steal his credit yet again by announcing his own retirement. #ThankYouGambhir
— TIMES HOW (@TiimesHow) December 4, 2018
Gautam Gambhir once gave his MOM award to Virat Kohli.
Never saw such gestures from any one else❤️️ #ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/CDSjtGN6i7
— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) December 4, 2018
You will always be special to the #KnightRiders family 🏆🏆#KorboLorboJeetbo 💜 #ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/qFz6dMr9eF
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 4, 2018
That Dedication In the 2011 World Cup Final Said It All…#ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/twNltKgtRY
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) December 4, 2018
That Dirt shows what you haD Done for the country anD how you passionate about it. That two FinaLs were aLways be RemembereD for your heroic inninGs.
Miss you Gautam Gambhir 💔#ThankYouGambhir ❤🙏 ! pic.twitter.com/yd4oM0ArAt
— Dhruva (@im_naveencharan) December 4, 2018
Congratulations @GautamGambhir on a fantastic career. You can be very proud of the way you played every time you stepped on to the cricket field. I cherish the truly memorable moments we shared & am sure you will continue to serve the country in your own ways. #ThankYouGambhir
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2018
#ThankYouGambhir We will miss you Gautam Gambhir Bhai @GautamGambhir pic.twitter.com/dKBWQsmQG8
— Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary (@Sudhir10dulkar) December 4, 2018
We are a building a Tribute thread for the Captain who helped us lift our first #IPL trophy🏆
Join the chain by commenting: #ThankYouGambhir 💜
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 4, 2018
Always unbeaten in our hearts! ❤#ThankYouGambhir #DelhiCapitals @GautamGambhir pic.twitter.com/G6mbydy8bw
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) December 4, 2018
Highest scorer for India in the 2007 #WT20 – ✅
Highest scorer for India in the 2011 #CWC final – ✅
A big match player and a tough nut to crack in Tests – Indian cricket will miss his 'Gambhir' impact! 🙌 #ThankYouGambhir pic.twitter.com/RSkGmHCTj9
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 4, 2018
One of my fav. Opening Batsman @GautamGambhir #GautamGambhir who was Fearless & Attacking on Opponents retired from all form of Cricket! Ek dum Delhi Wala Attitude Tha Bhai ka! #ThankYouGambhir #ThankYouGauti #gautamgambhir #
— Manveer Gurjar (@imanveergurjar) December 4, 2018
Players with a 50+ score in Finals of both World Cup and World T20:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 4, 2018
Captains are chosen. Leaders are born. Go well Gauti. Indian cricket will miss one of its greatest leaders ever. #ThankYouGambhir https://t.co/htZYzDYGyp
— cricBC (@cricBC) December 4, 2018
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