5 special memories of Gautam Gambhir for every cricket fan
One of India's more popular cricketing stars has called it quits on his international career. In what came as a shocker to many fans, Gautam Gambhir, after serving the nation for about 15 years, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
Taking to social media to share the news, Gambhir posted a video announcing his retirement. "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."
Gambhir, when in full flow, shone as one of India's most sublime batsmen. The left-handed opening batsman played a crucial role in helping India claim the top spot in Tests for the first time in 2009.
The 37-year-old, who last played for India in 2016, was also an integral part of the squads that lifted the World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011. In fact, on both the occasions, it was Gambhir who stood tall for India in the final and essayed some pivotal knocks that proved conclusive in the team's success.
Today, as the Delhi-born cricketer bids adieu to our favourite game, we take a look back at five of the most famous incidents involving him; incidents that have now turned into fond memories for every fan of Indian cricket.
#5 Giving away his MoM award to Virat Kohli
Gautam Gambhir comes across as someone who encourages new talents. Be it at the Indian camp or during his tenure for various franchises in the IPL, Gambhir has picked many refreshing talents at different stages.
One such famous instance that saw Gambhir encourage a new talent was when he gave away his Man of the Match award to a then budding Virat Kohli. The incident occurred in Kolkata back in 2009 when India locked horns with Sri Lanka in a bilateral series.
Chasing a daunting 316 for victory, Gambhir and Kohli joined hands to forge a match-winning partnership of 224 runs for the third wicket. While Kohli scored his maiden ODI century before getting out, Gambhir went on to carry his bat through the innings with a splendid 150* that won him the Man of the Match award.
However, being the sport he is, Gambhir decided to hand over his trophy to Virat Kohli, as a gesture of encouragement to his young teammate.