Gautam Gambhir Calls It Quits, After 15 Yrs: A Look At His Highs & Lows
The near two-decade long stint in the game brought with it a plethora of landmarks and achievements.
In Pic: File photo - ICC cricket world cup final between India and Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011 at Wankhede stadium.
Last Day In The Sun
In Pic: File photo - Delhi's batsman Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during a Ranji trophy match against Punjab, in New Delhi, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.
In Pic: File photo - Virat Kohli (38runs in 20 ball) and Gautam Gambhir during the T20 match England against India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in December 2012.
In Pic: Gautam Gambhir during the Second inning England bating on the fifth day of 4th test match against England at Vidarbha Cricket Association, Stadium in Nagpur.
Spending the majority of his IPL career with the Knight Riders, Gambhir presently is 4th in the list of top-scoring batsmen in the tournament with 4217 runs in 152 matches.
Stats To Remember
- Most productive opening partnerships with Virendra Sehwag. The ‘Gauti-Viru’ train combined to wreak havoc on many a bowling attack across all formats, but none more dangerously so than Tests. Gambhir and Sehwag are well clear as India’s most productive opening pair in Test cricket, with 4412 partnership runs at an average above 52.- Longest innings by an Indian batsman in tests outside Asia came in New Zealand in 2009. Gambhir’s 643-minute, 436-ball vigil is still the second-longest innings by an Indian batsman in Tests outside Asia.- Highest scores by an Indian batsman in World Cup finals when Gambhir'97 against Srilanka in 2011 guided India to emerge as winners. The rest, as they say, is history.
In Pic: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Umesh Yadav Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin walk off the field after the victory on the day 4th of the 2nd Test Match against West Indies' at Eden Garden in Kolkata.
Oh Captain, My Captain
In Pic: India's Gautam Gambhir plays a shot against New Zealand during a warm-up match of the 2011 World Cup Cricket tournament, at MAC Stadium in Chennai in 2011.
During this time, he became known more for his run-ins on the field even as he used his bat with elan at times.
His battles with Simon Katich, his elbowing of Shane Watson and his epic run-in with Pakistan's poster boy of cricket, Shahid Afridi will certainly go down in history.
The turning point was the concussion in the Manchester Test of 2011 when he fell and hurt himself while fielding.
He fought along for a while, but lost his Test place in 2012. As India started readying itself for the 2015 World Cup, Gambhir became one of the casualties.
His diminishing returns at the top meant that he could no longer hold back a rampant Shikhar Dhawan.
It became increasingly difficult for Gambhir to return to an ever-changing Indian dressing room thereafter.
Never Give Up
In 2018 with a new stint in Delhi Daredevils, he failed to shine. It was evident that his time was up and he just could not match up to the pace of the format any more.
His excellent returns in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the start of the season meant that there was still some hope, but it was not to be, and Gambhir finally bid adieu to his career.
In Pic: Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir during the Kolkata Knight Riders practice at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
In a telling message to his followers, Gambhir said that launching the daily free kitchen is nothing short of winning a cricket World Cup of an IPL.
He also pledged to bear the full expenses of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma area.
In Pic: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir with the family of late Head Constable Ram Mehar Sandhu. The cricketer, who announced last year that he will bear the cost of the education of the slain CRPF men’s children, finally got to meet the martyrs’ families. During the emotional meeting, Gambhir also invited them for a cricket match.
Harbhajan Singh wrote, "Gauti I wish you all the best going forward brother..u have been a true champion and fighter for india ???? lots of love"."