Former India opener retires from Cricket!

Former India opener retires from Cricket!

World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket after 15 years of international cricket for India. Gambhir retires after last playing for the country in 2016 against England in Rajkot. He scored 4154 runs in Test cricket from 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is. His last outing would be for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy against Andhra Pradesh in the match starting December 6. Gambhir made his debut in 2003, in an ODI, against Bangladesh in Dhaka. In first-class cricket, Gambhir accumulated 15,041 runs and a massive 10,077 runs in List A cricket. In IPL, he led Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles – in 2012 and 2014. His shining moment was the 2011 World Cup where he scored 97 from 122 balls in the final against Sri Lanka to steer India to first title since 1983. He was also part of India’s World T20 winning squad in 2007. Last year, however, he gave up leadership duties midway during IPL 2018 owing to poor form and a string of defeats. Gambhir retires as the fourth highest run-getter in the IPL, with 4217 runs in 152 innings at an average of 31, including 36 half-centuries. He started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils and then moved to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, before leading them to title wins in 2012 and 2014. In four consecutive Test series he is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs. He was named as ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009 and attained the number one ranking in July that year. Gambhir was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2008.

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