Indian Premier League 2019: 37-year-old Gautam Gambhir announced retirement from all forms of cricket in a tweet post and shocked the cricketing fraternity, who are still coming to terms with the news. The two-time World Cup winner for India last represented the country in 2016 but was playing IPL. He led Kolkata Knight Riders to the title twice (2012, 2014) and the Knight family did not forget his contributions as CEO Venky Mysore and opening batsman Robin Uthappa thanked the cricketer for his contribution to the franchise.

Venky Mysore tweet read, “Congrats on a Gr8 innings @GautamGambhir. You said the script writer ran out of ink, but I am sure he’s got a new pen to write the script for the next innings! Best wishes & many thanks for everything you did for @KKRiders.”

Robin Uthappa, who has opened with him many times and knows Gambhir well wrote on Twitter, “I gotta say.. I don’t like retirements.. especially of people that I admire deeply. Congratulations @GautamGambhir on an amazing career. I’m grateful for all that we shared on and off the field. It’s been an honour skip. My best wishes on ur second innings.”

Overall, Gambhir played 58 Tests, scoring 4154 runs, at an average of 41.95, including nine centuries and 22 fifties. He played 147 ODIs, scoring 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike-rate of 85.25.

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