Discarded opener Gautam Gambhir has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. He announced his retirement via an emotional video message on his social media accounts.
Gambhir’s illustrious career spanning over a decade saw him become one of the vital cogs of the Indian team under MS Dhoni. He played an instrumental role in India’s successful campaign at the 2007 T20 World Cup before playing a vital role at the 2011 World Cup which India won after beating Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium.
Gambhir last played for India in December 2016 in a Test match against England in a home series. The southpaw played a total of 58 Test matches and 147 ODIs for India after making his international debut in April 2003. One of the greatest servants of the game, Gambhir scored 4154 runs in Tests at an average of 41.95 while in ODIs he scored 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike rate of 85.25.