After playing international cricket for India for over 15 years, Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all formats of cricket through a Facebook video on December 4. “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,” he says in the video that left fans many emotional.
The World Cup winner, who last played for the country in 2016 against England in Rajkot, scored 4154 runs in Test cricket in 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is. Gambhir will be playing his final match for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy against Andhra Pradesh.
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Gambhir later said that announcing his retirement was something he “dreaded all my life”. The retirement video and the tweet left many fans emotional, who then took to various social media platforms to bid farewell to the player.
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
Proud of you #gautamgambhir
— Dr.Shivam Rajpoot (@ShivamRajpoott) December 4, 2018
— praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) December 4, 2018
Never forgot this moment 👇 pic.twitter.com/KorZKvdhAl
— Raushan kumar (@Imrj31) December 4, 2018
Because of you we became world champion again Gauti sir. Have a great life ahead legend
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) December 4, 2018
— 𝑨 𝑺 𝑰 𝑭 ᶻᵉʳᵒ (@Asif_4rSRK) December 4, 2018
You don’t need to be a cricket lover to feel this. It’s has come from the heart. Thank you Captain #KorboLorboJeetbo always 🌻
— Minu Datta (@Dattaminu) December 4, 2018
Always played with his heart on his sleeves. Never backed down from a challenge. A true champion on and off the field. Good luck in your future endeavours 🙌👏👏👏🥇
— Sumer More (@Sumer_More) December 4, 2018
Miss you gauthi pic.twitter.com/I6NZvF0m6a
— Churchill Rajasekar (@rajasekar95) December 4, 2018
Gautam Gambhir…the real hero of the world cup finals ☹️☹️☹️ pic.twitter.com/uMoCUSjVhl
— Hari Haran S S (@HariharanSS9) December 4, 2018