The Second Wall Bids Adieu to Cricket
Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He made his Indian debut in the 2004-05, he played for the country in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 Internationals. He was member of the Indian squad that won the World T20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011. He also featured in all 11 seasons of IPL, leading his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles 2012 and 2014.
The Southpaw will be remembered for his famous five innings-2007 inaugural ICC-T-20 world cup final, we met our arch rivals in Johannesburg. He scored 75 runs when no other batsman crossed 30 runs.
GALLE TEST 2008–India lost first test by an inning and 239 runs. At Galle, in second innings he scored 74 valuable runs and India won its lone test. But lost the series.
NEW ZEALAND,2009 NAPIER TEST- Gauti got the name ‘The Second Wall’. Gambhir played joint sixth longest innings by time by an Indian cricketer he spends 643 minutes at the crease. He scored 137 runs and match ended as Draw.
SOUTH AFRICA, CAPETOWN Third Test 2011- The series was known for Sachin and Steyn rivalry. During fourth innings injured Gautam scored 64 odd runs. The gritty Gambhir leads India to Draw.
ICC WORLD CUP FINAL 2011 MUMBAI-India hosted second world cup and was third time in the finals.Won the trophy after 28 years . Gambhir scored 97 in the finals against Sri lanka. Though Dhoni’s dazzling performance took the limelight but Gautam again proved that big occasion unnerves many giants, but he was not one of them.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE and GAUTAM GAMBHIR – GAUTI played for DELHI DAREDEVILS in the inaugural IPL. The franchise bought him for US$725,000 a year. In the inaugural event he was second highest run getter.In 2011 auctions the Kolkata Knight Riders made a bid of $2.4 million and he became one of highest paid player in the history of IPL.He led Knightriders to two IPL titles 2012 and 2014.