Opener Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The 37-year old made a formal announcement on the social media platform via a video message on Saturday. He will play his last domestic game for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 against Andhra on 6th December.
Gautam Gambhir has been known to be a fierce competitor and was instrumental in India winning the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007. He also played a crucial part in India lifting Cricket World Cup at home in 2011. Left-handed batsman had a successful IPL career and helped Kolkata Knight Riders clinch the trophy on two occasions. He stated in his video message said that it was a privilege and honor to play cricket for 15 years and representing my country at the highest level.
Gautam Gambhir scored 97 for India in the finals of 2011 Cricket World Cup played against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. In 2007 T20 World Cup, he top-scored for India with 75 runs against Pakistan in the final played in Johannesburg. He also was leading run-scorer for India in the competition.
He made his one-day international debut for India in 2003 and scored 5238 runs in 147 games at an average of 39.68 with eleven centuries to his name. In Test cricket, he averaged 42.92 with the bat with nine centuries to his name. In the T20 format, Gambhir scored 932 runs in 37 matches at an average of 27.41. He was number one-ranked batsman in T20 Cricket in 2007.
Gautam Gambhir has been a great servant to Indian cricket and was instrumental in India achieving a lot of success away from home. He played a big role in helping India win a Test series in New Zealand in 2009-10. Gambhir will always be remembered as one of most successful opening batsman to have played for India at the highest level.