Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement:
Recently, Gautam Gambhir has declared retirement from all the cricket formats. Gambhir announced his retirement through a video in which he said that the most difficult decisions are taken with a heavy heart and today I have decided to do the thing for which I am afraid of my whole life. I want to thank all my fellow players, coaches and my family too.
Things to know about Gautam Gambhir:
13th Indian to score over 13000 plus runs in international cricket. Gautam started his Test career against Australia in Mumbai in November 2004. He plays his last international match in November 2016 against England.
He scored 10324 runs in all three formats of international cricket. The Indians who made more international runs than him are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sunil Gavaskar, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, VVS Laxman, Dilip Vengsarkar.
Gautam Gambhir played 58 Tests for India, in which he scored 4154 runs with nine centuries. His best score in Tests was 206. In ODIs, he scored 5238 runs in 147 matches and he also scored 11 hundreds. His best innings in ODI was 150 not out, he also played 37 T20 matches for India, in which he scored 932 runs. His best score was 75. Gambhir’s record of captaincy in IPL was a great one. He won 71 out of 129 matches. In addition, he has scored 4218 runs in IPL.
Gautam Gambhir’s contribution in International Cricket:
We cannot forget his important contributions to India. In both T20 World Cup 2007 and Fifty-Fifty World Cup 2011, he has played an important role & he was the top scorer in both the matches. He has played incredible 75(54) runs against Pakistan in 2007 T20 world cup. He also played 97 runs inning in 2011 50-50 world cup final, against Sri Lanka which cannot be forgettable.
In 2009, he also reached the top of the ICC Test rankings. He had scored the highest number of four centuries by India in Test cricket that year. That year he also got the ICC Test Player of the Year Trophy. Gambhir played an important inning in the Test during this time. He played in follow-up against New Zealand in Napier in March 2009, spent 643 minutes on the crease and scored 137 and saved Team India from defeat.
Gautam Gambhir has scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. He played 27 ODIs in 2008 and scored 1119 runs for India. He also had the highest number of ODI hundreds in India in that year. He also awarded by Arjun Award for his best sportsmanship and achievements.