Former Indian opener and 2011 World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from every format of cricket. Ever since the former cricketer has announced his retirement from cricket, he has been receiving best wishes from his fans for his amazing journey. Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan shared a very special message on his Twitter handle to bid adieu to his former captain.
He wrote “@GautamGambhir Thank u for the love & leadership my Captain.U r a special man and may Allah always keep & happy…& u should smile a bit more’’.
Gautam Gambhir also issued an emotional letter which reads, “A big thanks to all of you for sparing time. Well, I am here to share a thought which I have been contemplating and I dare say dreading. The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage. It has accompanied me to practice sessions mocking like a menacing bowler. On certain other days it has made my dinner taste horrible’’.
“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 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 5-wicket hauls as well’’, he added.
Gautam made his ODI debut in the year 2003 against Bangladesh and has played 147 ODIs in total where he has scored 5238 runs with an average of 39.68.
He made his Test debut in the year 2004 against Australia which India won by 13 runs. In his illustrious career, he has played 58 Tests, he has scored 4154 runs with nine centuries and 22 fifties.
Currently, Gautam is all geared up to play Ranji match against Andhra at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.