Gautam Gambhir in action in the 2011 ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Gambhir top scored for India with 97 in a chase of 275 as India won the World Cup.(Getty Images)
Gautam Gambhir in action in the 2011 ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Gambhir top scored for India with 97 in a chase of 275 as India won the World Cup.(Getty Images)

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms cricket. Gambhir revealed the same in an emotional video posted on his Facebook page and Twitter handle.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 08:51 PM IST

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms cricket. Gambhir revealed the same in an emotional video posted on his Facebook page and Twitter handle.

“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,” Gambhir wrote on his Twitter handle 

In a career that spanned 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 internationals for the Indian cricket team, Gambhir went on to win two global titles. He was the top scorer for India in both the 2007 ICC WT20 final as well as the 2011 ICC World Cup final.

Gambhir 4154 runs at an average of 41.95 in Test cricket with 9 centuries and 22 half-centuries. In ODIs, he scored 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 with 11 centuries and 34 half-centuries.

ALSO READ: Gautam Gambhir signs off from cricket with emotional and nostalgic message - Read

“I am here to share a thought which I’ve been contemplating and I dare say, dreading. The thought has been with me day and night on flights like an irritable excess baggage. It has accompanied me to practice session, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it made my dinner taste bitter,” Gambhir said in an emotional video.

“Each time I got out playing for India, for KKR or for Delhi Daredevils, 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 slapped me hard when I got those three ducks in a row in the 2014 IPL, then again when I had a dreadful tour to England in the same year. Then again I was on my knees in 2016. I was dropped after the Rajkot Test against England. I was searching for myself in the deep dark pit, and again it said. “It is over Gauti”

“But once I refused to pay attention, I punished my body. The early morning runs behind my house became longer. My personal trainers were asked to be severe on me, I ate like I was bankrupt. In these times your love and affection acted as steroids, I wanted to win again, to conquer again.

“After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL season with confidence as my best buddy. My feet seemed to have got fresh batteries. My head was still as a pond. My game roaring as a raging ocean. I thought all those noises were dead. But I was wrong, 6 games of IPL for the Delhi Daredevils, it was back, and this time, it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up, yes, my time was up.

“So, here I am after more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the fears and failures, aches and pains, I would want a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously with a few more wins for India, and in the next life, few more 5-wicket hauls. This may sound wishful, but I’ve seen wishes come true,” Gambhir signed off in his emotional video

Gambhir guided Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles and was the captain of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in 2018, before being replaced by Shreyas Iyer mid-season.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Rahul Dravid and his email to Kevin Pietersen
Rahul Dravid and his email to Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen wants ECB to 'print' Dravid's email and give it to young Eng batsmen

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:52 PM IST
Kevin Pietersen first took to Twitter to and said Rahul Dravid’s email had changed his game against spin-bowling. “Crawley & Sibley need to go find the email that Dravid sent me about playing spin. Changed my game!” he wrote.
Close
Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks to India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari after a draw on day 5 of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia(REUTERS)
Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks to India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari after a draw on day 5 of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia(REUTERS)

When Australian players were inside, we were not allowed to use the lift: Ashwin

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 07:54 PM IST
India off-spinner R Ashwin in his YouTube conversation with fielding coach R Sridhar added another chapter to off the field incidents in Australia by revealing that Indian cricketers were not allowed to enter the lift in Sydney if any member of the Australian squad was already inside it.
Close
Rishabh Pant (centre) and Shubman Gill celebrate moments after India’s victory.(HT_PRINT)
Rishabh Pant (centre) and Shubman Gill celebrate moments after India’s victory.(HT_PRINT)

Want to be best keeper-batsman: Raina recalls Pant's words at training

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 03:25 PM IST
India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant was hailed as the hero of India's win at Gabba after scoring an unbeaten 89.
Close
Ben Stokes.(Twitter)
Ben Stokes.(Twitter)

‘See you soon’: England all-rounder Ben Stokes heads to India ahead of series

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:00 AM IST
  • Team India are currently leading the World Test Championship standings with 71.1 PCT % (percentage of points earned) while England are in the fourth position with 65.2.
Close
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

Rishabh Pant is my hero, go-to person

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:45 AM IST
  • It was a quiet welcome as the youngster returned home to Mohali with the country still celebrating the 2-1 comeback victory.
Close
India's Ravichandran Ashwin throws the ball to a teammate during play on day two of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin throws the ball to a teammate during play on day two of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(AP)

Ashwin recalls what irked Indian cricketers before Brisbane Test

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:42 AM IST
  • India off-spinner R Ashwin explained why the Indian cricketers were against going under another round of strict quarantine before the Brisbane Test. Ashwin gave the example of the Queensland government’s decision to allow a certain capacity of spectators to give reasons behind India’s firm stance.
Close
India's Ravindra Jadeja avoids a bouncer during play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)
India's Ravindra Jadeja avoids a bouncer during play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)

Ravindra Jadeja reveals dressing room discussion after Adelaide loss

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:47 AM IST
  • Despite being ahead for most of the Test, the Indian batting order bowed down to the Australia pace attack on Day 3, getting bowled out for 36 (with Mohammed Shami getting injured).
Close
South Africa's Faf du Plessis (AP)
South Africa's Faf du Plessis (AP)

Du Plessis says bubble life is not sustainable for players

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cricketers have to adhere to strict procedures for an international series. In countries like Pakistan, international games are being played in empty stadiums and players' movement confined to just their hotel and stadiums.
Close
Ajinkya Rahane talks about Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi in the dressing room(Screengrab/BCCI)
Ajinkya Rahane talks about Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi in the dressing room(Screengrab/BCCI)

BCCI shares Rahane's emotional dressing room speech for Kuldeep and Tyagi

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:08 PM IST
India captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in three Tests after regular captain Virat Kohli went on paternity leave after the series opener in Adelaide, had special messages for both Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi after India’s historic win in Brisbane.
Close
England's James Anderson(Twitter)
England's James Anderson(Twitter)

Anderson hits Sri Lanka for six as Root anchors England reply

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Joe Root scored a breezy, unbeaten 67 and will resume on the third morning with Jonny Bairstow, who has 24. The pair have put on 93 for the third wicket at a rate of more than four runs per over to dig the tourists out of some early strife.
Close
Hardik Pandya with father Himanshu Pandya.(Twitter/Hardik Pandya)
Hardik Pandya with father Himanshu Pandya.(Twitter/Hardik Pandya)

Hardik Pandya pays tribute to late father with an emotional video

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:12 PM IST
Hardik Pandya posted a video on Twitter for his 'Dad' expressing the pang in his heart. The video happens to be the collage of all the loving memories of Hardik and his father, right from the all-rounder's childhood to the time when he gifted a car to his dad.
Close
England's James Anderson (REUTERS)
England's James Anderson (REUTERS)

England's James Anderson breaks records with 30th five-wicket haul

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:04 PM IST
James Anderson also became the oldest quick to take a five-for in the sub-continent, surpassing New Zealand great Richard Hadlee who achieved the feat at 37 years of age.
Close
Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)

Azhar tells Pakistan youngsters to overcome fear of failure

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Smarting from their 2-0 whitewash in New Zealand, Pakistan have included nine uncapped players in their 20-member squad for the matches in Karachi and Rawalpindi.
Close
Not out batsman India's Ravichandran Ashwin, right, and Hanuma Vihari walk from the field.(AP)
Not out batsman India's Ravichandran Ashwin, right, and Hanuma Vihari walk from the field.(AP)

'They made a mistake': Ashwin questions Australia's tactics in Sydney Test

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 07:17 PM IST
India vs Australia: Speaking in a video on Youtube, Ashwin revealed what went down in the middle and questioned Australia's tactics on the day.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP