Twitter Reactions: World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir bids adieu from all formats of the game
Gambhir amassed over 10,000 runs across all the formats at the highest with 20 centuries to his name.
Published - Dec 4, 2018 8:49 pm | Updated - Dec 4, 2018 8:49 pm
Gautam Gambhir has decided to call it a day from his illustrious 18-year career. Delhi’s upcoming Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be the last of his cricketing career. He posted an emotional video on his official Facebook page to make an announcement while recalling all the moments ever since stepping onto the field. The hero of India’s two World Cup victories deserved a better farewell though as he made his last international appearance in 2016 in Rajkot.
Not many saw it coming even as the Delhi cricketer was released by his franchise Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. He endured a disastrous 2018 season of the league and stepped down from the captaincy midway through the season and didn’t play even a single game since then. Though he had his moments in the most celebrated T20 extravaganza winning two trophies leading the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Gautam Gambhir first forayed in the international arena in 2003 against Bangladesh and since then became one of the vital cogs of the Indian team. He also led the team at one stage in the absence of the senior cricketers. However, the defining moment of his career came in the World T20 in 2007 which was the first edition of the tournament. The left-hander was the most consistent player for the Men in Blue and slammed 75 runs in the final against the arch-rivals Pakistan which set the stage for a grandiose victory.
This was not the end of the glory days for him. The lad went on to play another brilliant knock for his country which is still fresh in the minds of the fans. In 2011 World Cup final, Gambhir played out of his skin to score 97 runs in a steep chase and made sure that they didn’t let the opportunity go like it did in 2003.
Seven years later, the 37-year-old, not in the most fashioned way, he announced his retirement with a heavy heart but Indian fans will always remember him as their World Cup hero.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Gambhir’s retirement:
I gotta say.. I don't like retirements.. especially of people that I admire deeply. Congratulations @GautamGambhir on an amazing career. I'm grateful for all that we shared on and off the field. It's been an honour skip. My best wishes on ur second innings.
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) December 4, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) December 4, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 4, 2018
— Gurkeerat Mann (@gurkeeratmann22) December 4, 2018
test average of 42, ODI average of 40. 20 international hundreds. nearly 200 first class games averaging 50. 300 list A games. terrific IPL record. @GautamGambhir can be very satisfied at the end of his professional career. well played!
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 4, 2018
Thank u Gambhir for the two world cup innings ..@GautamGambhir all the very best for your future endeavours..👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— anilchowdary (@anilchowdary81) December 4, 2018
Paaji congratulations on ur wonderful cricket career 😊🙏 u r a great leader and u r great human being im really blessed sharing dressing room with u 😊🙏god bless you 😊
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) December 4, 2018
Congratulations on a phenomenal career, @GautamGambhir!
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2018
#gautamgambhir was someone so aggressive and yet so calm. The knocks that he played at crucial times; be it Napier, Jo'burg or Wankhede were majestic, for India wouldn't have made many records in book without him being as good as he was. Best wishes for 2nd innings #ThankYouGauti
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) December 4, 2018
Gautam Gambhir retires from all forms of the game.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) December 4, 2018
Gautam gambhir the unsung hero of world t20 2007 and world cup 2011 #ThankYouGambhir
— Divyanshu Dixit (@DdxBrand) December 4, 2018
Well played Gautam Gambhir! That century in NZ especially was class.
— Sanjay Subrahmanyan (@sanjaysub) December 4, 2018
This opening pair will be remembered life-time. World cup winnings – '07, '11 and I still remember that test saving inning in New Zealand.
— Vivek Rabara (@VivekRabara) December 4, 2018
@GautamGambhir What you gives us as an Indian Cricketer we will never forget.. Best of luck for your future.. Want you to join politics.. A desh bhakt like you must be in this field..
— Rajan (@modifiedmuslim) December 4, 2018
@GautamGambhir Happy Retirement. Nothing can describe you in words. World Cup Final Master Player. Turup ka ikka. 💯
— Mangesh Matke (@mangesh_matke) December 4, 2018
Gautam Gambhir international career: 242 Matches 10324 Runs 20 Centuries 2 World Cup winning knocks! one of the Finest Indian opner! Happy retired life champion! 😓
— Vishwa (@Cyt_Vishwa) December 4, 2018
2007 World T20 Final 75 (54)
2011 ODI World Cup Final 97 (122)
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 4, 2018
— ABD Santhosh (@dsanthosh451) December 4, 2018
Thank You for two world cup.
— Dhirendra Mishra (@doc_dhirendra) December 4, 2018
— Vinay Chaturvedi (@Imvinayjnv) December 4, 2018
— Sagarᶻᵉʳᵒ ᶜʰʳᶦˢᵗᵐᵃˢ ²⁰¹⁸ (@iamsagarSRK) December 4, 2018
I literally cried, Gauti. Thanks for being the motivation for many years. Have a good life ahead.
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 4, 2018