Yuvraj Singh pens down an emotional message for Gautam Gambhir. 

Yuvraj Singh pens down an emotional message for Gautam Gambhir. 

Gambhir and Yuvraj were the chief architects of India's both the World cup victories.

Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir
Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir. (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gautam Gambhir bowed out of the game with his head held high. In his last-ever competitive game, the former India batsman scored a stunning century for Delhi against Andhra. Gambhir scored 112 as Delhi took three points after the drawn game on the basis of the first innings lead.

Ever since Gambhir announced his retirement, tributes have been flowing in from all quarters. And his ex-teammate Yuvraj Singh also took to Instagram to post a heartwarming message. The veteran batsman paid a glowing tribute to Gambhir as he recalled the moments he spent with him. He also called Gambhir as one of the best openers for India and wished him well for the future.

“What a player !!! smacks a 100 in his last first-class game! The man of the finals 2 legendary knocks 2007 and 2011 wcups! Thank you for the memories @gautamgambhir55 we shared some great and iconic moments on the field! Might not be a number in legends but the wcup final knocks were legendary, and will always be remembered! One of the best openers India ever produced. Many congratulations on your outstanding career my friend wishing you all the best going forward in life. Lots of love and best wishes u will be missed,” he wrote in the post.

A glorious career

Gautam Gambhir departed as one of the best openers India ever produced. As Yuvraj mentioned that the numbers might not justify his stature, one cannot undermine Gambhir’s contribution to Indian cricket. Gambhir was one of the biggest reasons behind India’s two World Cup triumphs this millennium. He top-scored in the final of both the World Cups as India lifted the trophy. In the 2007 World T20, he scored 75 as India beat arch-rivals Pakistan to register a sensational win.

Four years later, Gambhir once again proved his mettle. Chasing 275 in the final against a star-studded Sri Lanka side, India were in deep trouble after being reduced to 31 for 2. However, Gambhir held firm from one end and scored a majestic 97 to help India win the World Cup after 28 long years.

Overall, he amassed 4119 Test runs at an average of 42.92 with nine hundreds and 22 fifties. In his ODI career, he scored 5238 runs at 39.68, with 11 tons and 34 half-centuries. In 37 T20Is, he piled up 932 runs at 27.41 and a strike rate of 119.02.

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~Written by Bijoy