Gautam Gambhir, the left-handed former Indian opener, was the unsung hero of India’s two World Cup wins. His knocks of 75 and 97 helped India lift the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup respectively.
Recently a couple of days ago Gambhir announced his retirement. He posted a 11-minutes long video on the social site, where he explained all the highs and lows of his career.
Gambhir has announced that after the next Ranji game, he would retire from all formats of cricket. As a result, Delhi’s next match against Andhra will be the last competitive game for the 37-year-old player.
Normally when a player retires, a farewell match is organised in his honour. However Gambhir does not want a farewell game for himself. In an interview to Times Now, Gambhir said:
I don’t think a farewell game should be held for any cricketer.
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Gambhir wanted to play the 2015 World Cup
Over his illustrious career, Gambhir has also been part of many controversies. Among all of them, the most highlighted was his alleged rift with former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. However Gambhir recently came out and mentioned that there is no rift between them.
In the 2011 World Cup final at Wankhede against Sri Lanka, India rode on Gambhir’s 97 to win the title after 28 years. However he was not picked in the 2015 World Cup squad which played in Australia.
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Gambhir rues the fact that he was not given the opportunity to prove his mettle in Australia. India eventually bowed out of the tournament in the semi-final.
“Some players who played with me got the opportunity to play in 2-3 World Cups. While I got to live that feeling only once, I am happy that the experience ended with the team winning the title. When someone plays a key role in helping the team earn the title, he should be given an opportunity to defend it too. It’s sad that I couldn’t be a part of the 2015 World Cup,” the veteran added.
Gambhir last played for his country in a Test match against England in Rajkot back in November 2016. Apart from his glorious international career, Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles. He also holds the record of 100 percent win while captaining in ODI cricket (six matches).