Cricket fraternity reacts to Gambhir's retirement
New Delhi , Dec 5 : Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was showered with love, support and good wishes by the cricket fraternity after he announced retirement from all forms of cricket.
"Congratulations @GautamGambhir on a glorious career. You were a special talent and had a Gambhir role in our win in the World Cup finals. Batting with you at Napier was extra special. Enjoy your second innings with family and friends!" Tendulkar wrote with a personal touch.
Calling Gambhir "one of India's best", Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin thanked him for being a source of inspiration to him. "One of Indias best has bid farewell to the game, @GautamGambhir you have been inspirational to me and many others over the years and now I am sure is the beginning of even better things from you. #gautithefighter #GautamGambhirRetires," Ashwin tweeted.
Overwhelmed by Gambhir's style on the field, fast bowler Irfan Pathan too tweeted: "Played with all heart with some amazing match-winning knocks for the country and I'm sure your journey ahead will be even better. Happy retirement brother @GautamGambhir."
Indian ODI opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also bid farewell to their former teammate. "It's been an absolute honour to play alongside you and against you. Congratulations on a phenomenal career and I wish you a happy retirement, @GautamGambhir," Sharma tweeted.
"Bidding farewell to one of the finest players of the country @GautamGambhir. Wish the best for you in the future Gauti Bhai," Dhawan wrote in a tweet.
Congratulating him for his "fantastic career", veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman tweeted: "Congratulations @GautamGambhir on a fantastic career. You can be very proud of the way you played every time you stepped on to the cricket field. I cherish the truly memorable moments we shared and am sure you will continue to serve the country in your own ways. #ThankYouGambhir".
Gambhir played a total of 58 Test matches scoring 4154 runs with an average of 41.96. In ODIs, he appeared in 147 matches and made 5238 runs with an average of 39.68.