Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 37-year-old, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, made the announcement on social media. “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. The 37-year-old, in a video message on his social media pages, said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday will be his last competitive match. The aggressive opener was India’s top-scorer in the finals of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which the country won.
“After more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” he said. “Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds and in the next life may be a few five-wicket hauls as well.
He played key roles in India’s title victories in the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, top-scoring for India with 75 and 97 in the respective finals.
Gambhir said in his video statement that he has been contemplating, and dreading, retirement for years, pointing to his failures in the 2014 IPL and being dropped from the Test side in 2016. The poor performance in IPL 2018, when he returned to Delhi Daredevils, made him decide that his time was up.