Two-time World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir decided to announce his retirement and that has sent social sphere into getting emotional. The southpaw played a crucial role in the inaugural World T20 triumph in 2007, where he got India off to brilliant starts along with Virender Sehwag and then he again played a significant role in the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, where his crucial 90+ helped India win the 50-over World Cup for the second time. The Delhi-born batsman has not been in the reckoning for the Indian team for a long time now but has been successful in IPL as well where he led Kolkata Knight Riders to a win on two occasions.

Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir: “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” former cricketer said to ANI.

Gambhir has represented Team India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, managing to score more than 10000 runs in international cricket.

Here is how he announced his retirement on Twitter. His post read, “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.”

Here is how Twitter thanked the former India opener.

The Ranji Trophy encounter between Delhi and Andhra starting on Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be his last first-class match.