Robin Uthappa | Gautam Gambhir | Indian Cricket Team | Cricket
Robin Uthappa could not hold back to his feelings as Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of the game. Gambhir, on Tuesday, left the cricketing world shell-shocked by bringing down curtains on his illustrious career.
Gambhir and Uthappa spent four very successful years at Kolkata Knight Riders before the former left the franchise for Delhi Daredevils. Uthappa was signed by the Knight Riders in 2014 and flourished under the captaincy of Gambhir. The southpaw promoted Uthappa as an opener and the decision turned out to be a masterstroke. In fact, such was his performance as opener that he was even recalled to the Indian team in 2014.
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (Credits: BCCI)
Not surprisingly, Uthappa was disappointed after Gambhir announced his retirement. The right-handed batsman took to Twitter to express his feelings, stating that he admires Gambhir deeply. Wishing Gambhir on his retirement, Uthappa wrote:
“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.”
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.
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) December 4, 2018
Gambhir retires from the game as one of India’s most decorated openers. Having represented India in Tests from 2004 to 2016, he amassed 4119 runs at an average of 42.92 with nine hundreds and 22 fifties. In his ODI career – from 2003 to 2013 – Gambhir accumulated 5238 runs at 39.68, with 11 tons and 34 half-centuries. One of his finest knocks in ODIs came in the final of 2011 World Cup when he top-scored for India.
India were reeling at 31 for 2 while chasing 275 against Sri Lanka. However, Gambhir’s 97-run knock set the tone for a successful chase as India lifted the World Cup after a lengthy gap of 28 years.
Gambhir also played 37 T20Is for India from 2007-2012, scoring 932 runs at 27.41 and a strike rate of 119.02. Even in the final of the World T20I, he had top-scored for India.The southpaw had scored 75 as India beat Pakistan to lift their first and only World T20I title till date.