The original street fighter of Indian cricket – Gautam Gambhir bid adieu to gentlemen’s game with his last professional outing for Delhi against Andhra Pradesh cricket team at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi on Sunday. For his immense and exemplary contribution to Indian cricket, Gambhir received a special farewell by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). The southpaw was gifted a memorabilia from DDCA President Rajat Sharma to mark the occasion of the century in his final innings. Gambhir scored a brilliant 112 in his final competitive match for Delhi against Andhra.
The 37-year old also delivered a short speech on the occasion after which he walked to the other side of the ground – where his fans were eagerly waiting for the man of the moment. Gambhir spent a considerable amount of time with his fans, obliging for photographs and distributed autographs. The former India opener shared a video on his official Twitter handle, where he greeted his fans – who were eagerly waited for him to come on the field on the final day of the game.
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Gambhir made 58 Test appearances for India, accumulating 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. His 147 ODI games fetched 5238 runs, while in 37 T20 Internationals, he scored 932 runs. In first-class cricket, Gambhir has scored more than 15,000 runs including 43 hundreds and 68 half-centuries in 198 matches.
The capricious left-hander, who courted controversy of late for his outspoken views on political issues as well, had a prolific first-class career, which spanned 197 matches and produced 15,041 runs. His List A run count stands at 10,077.
Delhi could have logged six points from their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Andhra as they had just an 88-run target. But they could get only 41 for two in the five overs that they got to play.