Indian opener, World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011 finals' hero Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, on Tuesday evening.
The Ranji Trophy match for Delhi, beginning from 6 December, will be his last match. The Delhi opener made his international debut for India in an ODI match against Bangladesh at Dhaka in April 2003 and represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is in his 15 years career. He was also the highest run scorer (75) for India in WT20 2007 final against Pakistan as well as in World Cup 2011 final (97) against Sri Lanka.
Here is a look at Gautam Gambhir's international career in numbers:
Career Summary -
- 15th most Test runs for India.
- 12th most ODI runs for India.
- 4119 Test runs as an opener which is the third most by an Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar (9607) and Virender Sehwag (8124).
- Gautam Gambhir scored 445 runs at an average of 89 in 3 Tests with 2 hundreds against New Zealand in New Zealand in 2009 - the most runs by an Indian player in a Test series in New Zealand.
- Gambhir's all 9 Test hundreds came in his first 29 Tests and in next 29 Tests he couldn't score a hundred.
First 29 Tests (Nov 2004 - Jan 2010) - 2760 runs at an average of 57.50 (9 hundreds)
Next 29 Tests (Feb 2010 - Nov 2016) - 1394 runs at an average of 27.33 (0 hundreds)
- Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag scored 4412 runs as an opening pair in Tests - the most successful Indian opening pair and overall fifth in the world.
Most successful opening pair for India in Tests -
|G Gambhir - V Sehwag||87||4412||52.52||233||11||25|
|C Chauhan - S Gavaskar||59||3010||53.75||213||10||10|
|S Dhawan - M Vijay||41||1748||43.70||289||3||6|
|A Gaekwad - S Gavaskar||49||1722||35.87||176*||4||9|
|S Gavaskar - K Srikkanth||34||1469||43.20||200||3||9|
|W Jaffer - V Sehwag||28||1031||36.82||213||3||4|
- Gautam Gambhir was the highest scorer for India in both World T20 2007 final against Pakistan and World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka.
75 runs vs Pakistan at Johannesburg (WT20 2007 final)
97 runs vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai (World Cup 2011 final)
He and Kumar Sangakkara are the only two players to score fifty-plus scores in the finals of both T20 World Cup and ODI World Cup.
- Gambhir was also ranked number one in ICC Test batsmen rankings (16 July 2009) and in ICC T20I batsmen rankings (23 November 2007).