On Tuesday, Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He posted an emotional video on his official social media accounts and his fans got a huge shock. Sharing the video, he wrote, “The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life.”
Watch the video:
The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life. Indian Cricket Team#Unbeaten
Gepostet von Gautam Gambhir am Dienstag, 4. Dezember 2018
He said in the video, “I am here to share a thought which I’ve been contemplating and I dare say, dreading. The thought has been with me day and night on flights like an irritable excess baggage. It has accompanied me to practice session, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it made my dinner taste bitter.”
He further said, “Each time I got out playing for India, for KKR or for Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting, “It is over Gauti”. It slapped me hard when I got those three ducks in a row in the 2014 IPL, then again when I had a dreadful tour to England in the same year. Then again I was on my knees in 2016. I was dropped after the Rajkot Test against England. I was searching for myself in the deep dark pit, and again it said. “It is over Gauti”
“But once I refused to pay attention, I punished my body. The early morning runs behind my house became longer. My personal trainers were asked to be severe on me, I ate like I was bankrupt. In these times your love and affection acted as steroids, I wanted to win again, to conquer again.”
He then said, “After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL season with confidence as my best buddy. My feet seemed to have got fresh batteries. My head was still as a pond. My game roaring as a raging ocean. I thought all those noises were dead. But I was wrong, 6 games of IPL for the Delhi Daredevils, it was back, and this time, it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up, yes, my time was up.”
Concluding his message, he said, “So, here I am after more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the fears and failures, aches and pains, I would want a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously with a few more wins for India, and in the next life, few more 5-wicket hauls. This may sound wishful, but I’ve seen wishes come true.”
Fans were in tears after this announcement. Here’s how the people reacted on Twitter:
I literally cried, Gauti. Thanks for being the motivation for many years. Have a good life ahead.
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 4, 2018
Gauti This Decision Isn't Easy For You Cause You Never Wanna Retire 😞 Gauti There Is No Cricket For Us Without You 😔😔😟😕
Still I'm Not Believe
It's A Dream Na 😯😩😩😫😫😫😫😫😩
— Gautian Fareha Azmi (@azmifareha4) December 4, 2018
The man who contibuted in both worldcup finals India won- never asked for credit
Unsung hero of Indian cricket
Thankyou and Goodluck gauti
— Mogambo ✪ ❄️ (@UberHandle) December 4, 2018
A wonderful cricketer, a patriot, a responsible citizen and a role model. Thank you for so many memorable performances, specially the 2011 world cup. Best wishes.
– A fan.
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) December 4, 2018
The former opening batsman has been an inspiration for many on-field as well as off-field. He is the 6th highest run-scorer for India in 20-20 Internationals. He made an unparalleled contribution in the finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and also in 2007 World 20-20 Internationals. He was also the Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and the team won IPL title in 2012 and in 2014.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award by the President of India in the year 2008. In the year 2009, he was ranked number one batsman in ICC Test Rankings.
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