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And with one heavy heart, I've decided to make an announcement that I've dreaded all my life.

Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that. In 2016, I was on my knees again. I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise.

The third highest run-scorer for India among Test openers, Gambhir has represented India in 58 Tests scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. 37-year-old Gautam Gambhir is a 2011 World Cup star.

In his last first-class game for Delhi against Punjab in the Ranji Trophy last week, Gambhir scored 1 and 60.

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Gautam Gambhir with Virat Kohli

Having debuted in 2003, he ends his career with 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, compiling more than 10,000 runs in all forms of the game at the worldwide level. Gambhir also played 37 T20Is, scoring 932 runs at a strike-rate of 119.02. He was a part of the World Cup winning squad in 2011 and played a major role in India lifting the cup with his 97 off 122 deliveries in the final against Sri Lanka. 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.

"So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this lovely game".

In the video, Gambhir thanks all those who helped him achieve several milestones over the course of an 18-year long professional career, one that started in the 1999-2000 season for Delhi.

Gambhir famously returned to Delhi in the cash-rich league earlier this year but failed to live up to the expectations and stood down from the captaincy mid-season after which he was dropped from the team as well. "A trophy that I look at very fondly is the one that I got for being awarded International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman of the year in 2009".

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