After over 15 years of successful career in Indian cricket, Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir on December 4, 2018, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Gautam Gambhir was one of the most complete batsmen who opened well in all three forms of the game – Test matches, ODIs and T20s. He exhibited best in his innings between 2008 and the 2011 World Cup.
Gambhir played a key role in helping India win the World T20 final in 2007 against Pakistan. Gambhir opened the innings with Yusuf Pathan. Despite the loss of wickets at regular intervals, Gambhir was firm at his end and scored runs at will. He smashed 75 off 54 balls to help India post 157/5 from their 20 overs. On the other hand, Pakistan fell 5 runs short and India lifted the title in the inaugural edition of the World T20.
In the 2011 World Cup finals, Gambhir was involved in a crucial 109-run stand with MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka. Gambhir was dismissed with 97 in his kitty that had made India win the 2011 World Cup. India created history in 2011 by becoming the first host nation to win the World Cup, but that could not have been possible without Gambhir’s innings.