Gautam Gambhir bids adieu to cricket with an unfulfilled wish
Gambhir also shed light on the darkest phase of his cricketing career.
Published - Dec 7, 2018 1:14 pm | Updated - Dec 7, 2018 1:14 pm
There’s absolutely no doubt in the fact that Gautam Gambhir was one of India’s most reliable batsman in all the formats. Apart from his match-winning knocks in the limited-overs formats, his Test records are stupendous as well. In 58 Tests, the 37-year-old notched 4154 runs with centuries and 22 half-centuries. In 2009, he was also the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) top-ranked Test batsman.
Nevertheless, the Delhi-born cricketer won’t be donning the national colours yet again as a couple of days ago, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. In the meantime, as the veteran bid goodbye, he couldn’t make one wish of his come true- winning a Test series abroad for India- apart from the one against New Zealand in 2009.
Gambhir has a regret
“My biggest disappointment was not to win Test series abroad. I was part of great series win in New Zealand. Test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket, not the IPL or T20 cricket. Another special win was in South Africa,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in News 18.
Gambhir also shed light on the darkest phase of his cricketing career. “But the lowest point was when we got thrashed 4-0 in England when we were the No. 1 side in the world. Went to Australia the same and against got thrashed, so those two were my lowest moments,” he added.
While Gambhir’s top score of 206 came against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi back in 2008, his knock of 137 runs from 436 balls in the second innings of India’s second Test against New Zealand in Napier would be remembered as one of his best knocks in the format.
The same is for the reason that it came when India were following on with 314 runs behind them. India were able to save the match comfortably having played out 180 overs. Overall, Gambhir was a part of 25 Tests, which India won out of which only eight came abroad.