Gautam Gambhir, one of the best contestants in India and the hero of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup final, announced his retirement from cricket on Tuesday. Gambhir will be known for his intensity, focus and hard attitude on the pitch.
The Left Hand was a critical part of the Indian team during one of the most successful bouts. He had the advantage of playing actual bumps. He was also known for his ever-back-down approach to the field (Shahid Afridi will confirm this).
Gambhir, like his name, was a strong personality in the field. One of his most famous moments was his peel with Virat Kohli at IPL.
However, besides this rivalry, Gambhir will remember, for example, when he encouraged a very young Virat Kohli with a warm gesture.
Gambhir handed the Man of the Match trophy to the Kohli thief after India's victory against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on December 24, 2009.
Gambhir and Kohli hit India from the problem in the fight after the loss of the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Gambhir and Kohli added 224 runs for the third wicket as Kohli scored 107 runs to get his father ODI ton. Gambhir hit 150 not as India set the goal of 316 runs to 48.1 overs.
Gambhir was declared the man of the fight for his participation. However, during the post-play presentation, Gautam Gambhir did not accept the prize and handed it over to Kohli to score his father. It was the way Gambhir shows his encouragement and appreciation to the young theft player.
"The way Virat pulled took a lot of pressure from my shoulders," said Gambhir to Ravi Shastri during the post-game match.