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Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of the game

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of the game

His last match will be Delhi's Ranji Trophy match against Andhra at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, beginning on December 6.

"It slapped me hard when I got those three ducks in a row in the 2014 IPL", Gamhir said. In 2016, I was on my knees again.

"After more than fifteen years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this lovely game", the cricketer said in a video posted on Facebook.

Gambhir played nearly 250 times for his country across all formats, including 58 Tests and 147 ODIs.

Gambhir played a pivotal role in India's historic victories in the inaugural edition of ICC World T20 and also during the ICC World Cup 2011, he played match-winning knocks of 75 (against Pakistan) and 97 (against Sri Lanka) which helped the men in blue to lift the world titles. As far as his 37-game career in the format, he scored 932 runs at a strike-rate of 119.03. He was also ranked No.1 T20I batsman in the world in 2007.

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Gambhir was the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket and was named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.

In his video, Gambhir admits that the thought of retirement has been playing in his mind for a while now saying, "Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or DD, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting, 'It is over Gauti'". It said the same: 'IT IS OVER GAUTI'. His opening partnership with Virendar Sehwag was particularly successful, with the pair scoring 4,412 runs in 87 innings together, from 2004 to 2012.

Gambhir's decision comes after his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils parted ways with him ahead of the IPL auction later this month.

"This may sound a little wishful but I've seen wishes come true".

Willing to go through the same "aches and pains" and "fears and failures" all over again even in his next life as a cricketer, Gambhir said being the top run-getter in the two World Cup finals would remain the high point of his career. I know the time is just right. "But I hope the current Indian team Down Under can overshadow our feats".


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