Ex-In­dia opener Gamb­hir re­tires

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For­mer In­dia bats­man Gau­tam Gamb­hir has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from all forms of cricket.

The 2011 World Cup and 2007 World T20 win­ning opener was a stal­wart for his coun­try for more than a decade and also won two In­dian Pre­mier League ti­tles with the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers.

In an emo­tional re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment on his of­fi­cial Face­book page, Gamb­hir ad­dressed the neg­a­tiv­ity and self-doubt which has af­fected his game in later years and said: “Af­ter more than 15 years of cricket for my coun­try, I want to re­tire from play­ing this beau­ti­ful game.

“I’ve seen wishes come true – two World Cups, high­est run-get­ter in the fi­nal of both of these games is the stuff dreams are made of. Some­where on the top is be­ing the num­ber one Test team in the world.

“A tro­phy I’ll look at very fondly is the one I got for be­ing awarded the ICC best Test bats­man of the year in 2009. For a purist like me, it is a re­ward for some­what know­ing where my off stump was.

“I think some­one up there was writ­ing my script. But now it looks like he has run out of ink.”

The 37-year-old be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in 1999/2000 and made his In­dia de­but in April 2003, in a one-day in­ter­na­tional against Bangladesh. His first Test came against Aus­tralia the fol­low­ing year.

He last rep­re­sented his coun­try in 2016, in a Test match against Eng­land in Ra­jkot, but con­tin­ued to play do­mes­ti­cally in all three for­mats for Delhi.

End of the road: Gau­tam Gamb­hir.

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