‘The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts’. One such decision was taken by Gautam Gambhir when he decided to take retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4. There haven’t been many in the game of cricket who have stepped in the most difficult situations and scored. One such name is sure of Gautam Gambhir and now he retired too. He played his test game came in November 2016 against England in Rajkot but his last limited-overs appearance was against England on 27 January 2013.
Having played 147 ODI and 58 test matches for India and scoring at an average of about 40 and getting over 9000 runs in totality speaks volumes of his confidence and courage to play for his national side. He is even retiring with his head high by scoring 112 in his last game against Andhra in Ranji season 2018-19.
Having made his International debut in 2004, he represented the country in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 Internationals. In his distinguished career, not only did he score well but also scored consistently in his dream run from 2007-2012. He proved his worth by scoring a crucial 75 and a 97 in 2007 T20 and 2011 ICC world cup finals respectively helping India raise the world cups.
Tests – A career of two halves
In his Test career of 12 years, he had played 58 matches and scored 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. He was also rewarded as ICC test cricketer of the year in 2009. At the point of 29 Tests, he had scored 2790 runs including 9 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
|First 29 Tests||Nov 2004 – Jan 2010||52||2760||57.50||9||11||206|
|Last 29 Tests||Feb 2010 – Nov 2016||52||1394||27.33||0||11||93|
His struggle and downfall in test cricket started in home series against South Africa in 2010 and in the 29 matches since he averaged less than half of what he averaged in the first half of the career.
The dynamic Sehwag – Gambhir pair
The lefty used to open for India with the aggressive right-hander Virendra Sehwag. Their contrasting styles helped each other and India as they aggregated 4412 runs from 87 test partnerships. This devasting duo is still considered as the best opening test pair India has ever had.
|G Greenidge – D Haynes||WI||148||6482||298||47.31||16||26|
|M Hayden – J Langer||Aus||113||5655||255||51.88||14||24|
|A Cook – A Strauss||Eng||117||4711||229||40.96||12||18|
|M Atapattu – S Jayasuriya||SL||118||4469||335||40.26||9||24|
|G Gambhir – V Sehwag||Ind||87||4412||233||52.52||11||25|
|M Slater – M Taylor||Aus||78||3887||260||51.14||10||16|
In his ODI career of almost 10 years, he has scored 5238 runs at an average of 39.68, with 11 centuries and 34 half-centuries. He was the unsung hero of world cup winning side in 2011. He finished the tournament with 393 runs including a knock of 97 in the world cup final against Sri Lanka.
Even though Gautam Gambhir has retired, he has set new standards for all the aspiring cricketers. Young cricketers not only look up to him but also try learning the best of his strategies.
Gambhir has played 197 first-class matches and 299 List-A cricket matches and has scored over 15,000 runs in the multi-day cricket format and in excess of 10,000 runs in the 50-over cricket. In 251 T20 appearances, he has 6402 runs, including 53 half tons.
Thank you, Gautam! Best wishes for your life ahead.