Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from cricket. The 37-year-old, made the announcement on social media. Gambhir represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is. The 37-year-old, in a video message said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday will be his last match. Gambhir was India’s top-scorer in the finals of the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup.
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
“The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir is one of the most successful batsmen for India. Gambhir made 4154 runs with an average of 41.95 in test and 5238 runs in ODIs, while in 37 T20 Internationals, he scored 932 runs.
Gambhir said “Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting that ‘it is over Gauti. I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘It is over Gauti’.”