Gautam Gambhir announces retirement: Veteran India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has bid adieu to the game.
“It is over, Gauti!”
“Yes, My time was up!”
It takes a lot for an individual to except that his time is up. The above mentioned lines were said by veteran India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir in a video which saw him announcing retirement from all forms of cricket. In a video which was posted on Gambhir’s social media handles, it came as a massive surprise for everyone.
“So, here I am after more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game of cricket,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in the video.
The 37-year old southpaw majorly thanked all his coaches, curators, groundsmen and numerous net bowlers for their invaluable service to make Gambhir the cricketer he was.
Thanking his fans, Gambhir said that he is at odds over the concept of ‘fans’ or ‘crowd’. Gambhir termed all his well-wishers as his fans, saying that all of this wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
India’s highest run-scorer in both (2007 and 2011) their World Cup final matches, Gambhir added that he will miss the ‘camaraderie’ of the Indian team’s dressing room the most, adding that he has learnt heaps from players who have played alongside him.
Eventually, Gambhir expressed gratitude towards his family, who stood by him in his thick and thin.
“My love affair for Kolkata will continue forever,” Gambhir said about the beloved city for which he played for most part of his IPL career. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, Kolkata Knight Riders had won a couple of IPL titles.
Towards the end, Gambhir announced that Delhi’s next Ranji trophy game against Andhra at Feroze Shah Kotla to be played from December 6 will be his last match.
“The time is right. Goodbye! Good luck,” Gambhir ended the video with these emotional words. Watch the full video below:
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