Gautam Gambhir and his love for World Cup finals: A brief recap

first_imgGautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Gambhir was a crucial thread in India’s successful campaigns in the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007. Gambhir was the top-scorer for India in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup finals.Gambhir’s fluent 75 paved the way for a competitive total which India narrowly defended against Pakistan in the final of the World T20.Four years later, in the 2011 World Cup finals, Gautam Gambhir was involved in a crucial 109-run stand with MS Dhoni. Gambhir was dismissed for 97 but not before he had firmly put India on the road to glory.India created history in 2011 by becoming the first host nation to win the World Cup. But that could not have been possible without the effort of Gambhir.Earlier, Gambhir was also involved in an 83-run stand with Virat Kohli for the third wicket.After putting 274 runs on board, Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga had removed Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early and the Lankans were going gung-ho, that’s when Kohli and Gambhir arrived. They batted with gusto to change the face of the game.GAUTAM GAMBHIR’S 75 FLOORS PAKISTANIt was not the first time that Gambhir had stepped up his performance in a big final. In the 2007 World T20 final against arch-rivals Pakistan, it was Gambhir whose knock helped India post a competitive total.Gambhir opened the innings with Yusuf Pathan. India did get the ideal start but loss of wickets at regular intervals hurt India’s progress.advertisement However, Gambhir was firm at his end and scored runs at will.He smashed 75 off 54 balls, a knock that was studded with eight fours and a couple of sixes, to help India post 157/5 from their 20 overs.In reply, Pakistan fell 5 runs short and India lifted the title in the inaugural edition of the World T20.NUMBER 1 IN TESTS, T20IsGautam Gambhir reached the career-high ranking of No.1 in Tests in 2009 two years after he was ranked No.1 T20I batsman. In ODIs, Gambhir achieved his career-best 8th rank in ODIs.Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India since making his international debut in 2003 in Dhaka. The left-handed bat scored 10,324 runs in international cricket.GLORIOUS IPL CAREERGambhir had a successful career in the Indian Premier League. He led Kolkata Knight Riders to glory in 2012 and 2014 and is only one the three captains to win the IPL title two times.He is also the second most successful captain in the history of the league with 71 wins in 129 matches.Gambhir returned to Delhi Daredevils, now known as Delhi Capitals, in 2018 after 7 years at Kolkata Knight Riders. He captained Delhi in the first six matches of the 2018 IPL season but following a string of poor results, Gambhir stepped down from his post. However, that was also Gambhir’s final match in the Delhi outfit.Gambhir played 154 matches over 11 season of the IPL and scored 4218 runs. Gambhir also jointly holds the record for most half-centuries the cash-rich T20 league.SWANSONGThe 37-year-old had recently stepped down as Delhi’s Ranji Trophy captain.The Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be Gambhir’s last match of his glorious career.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir retires: 6 games of IPL 2018 and I knew my time was upAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricketlast_img read more

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