Gautam Gambhir bid adieu to international cricket on Tuesday. His former IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan took Twitter to thank him. Apart from thanking him for the love and leadership, Shah Rukh also requested Gambhir to smile a bit more than he does.
The King of Bollywood wrote, “@GautamGambhir Thank u for the love & leadership my Captain.U r a special man and may Allah always keep & happy…& u should smile a bit more.”
@GautamGambhir Thank u for the love & leadership my Captain.U r a special man and may Allah always keep & happy…& u should smile a bit more— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 4, 2018
Gambhir led Kolkata franchise to two IPL wins. The left-handed batsman changed the performance of the team under his captaincy. He made them one of the strongest IPL sides.
The hero of World Cup 2011 final, Gambhir, in his retirement video said, “A big thanks to all of you for sparing time. Well, I am here to share a thought which I have been contemplating and I dare say dreading. The thought has been with me day and night. It has traveled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage. It has accompanied me to practice sessions mocking like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible.
“So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures, I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously, with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds and in the next life may be a few 5-wicket hauls as well.”
Gambhir last played for India against England in 2016 in the first Test match at Rajkot.