Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Gautam Gambhir, the third highest run-getter among Indian Test openers, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday (December 4). Delhi’s next Ranji Trophy encounter against Andhra, beginning December 6, will be his last game.
In a Test career spanning from 2004 to 2016, Gambhir scored 4119 runs at an average of 42.92 with nine hundreds and 22 fifties. In his ODI career – from 2003 to 2013 – Gambhir accumulated 5238 runs at 39.68, with 11 tons and 34 half-centuries, including one of his most important knocks in the 50-over format – 97 off 122 deliveries – which came in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka.
Gambhir also played 37 T20Is for India from 2007-2012, scoring 932 runs at 27.41 and a strike rate of 119.02, and was part of the MS Dhoni-led squad that lifted the inaugural World T20 title.
On a day when the Delhi Daredevils IPL team was renamed as Delhi Capitals, the team’s former captain, who had given up the leadership duties midway during IPL 2018 owing to poor form and a string of defeats, announced his decision to pull down the curtains on his cricketing career.