Shah Rukh Khan has issued a special retirement wish and even some advice for the former KKR Captain Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir had announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket on Tuesday. SRK tweeted his wishes to Gauti but also had a few words of advice.
Gambhir was the captain of the SRK owned-Kolkata Knight Riders which won the IPL in 2012 and 2014. He was the top scorer of the team and the tournament with 3345 runs in 122 matches for three seasons before joining the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2018.
The former team India opener, who played a pivotal role in India's World Cup triumphs, announced his retirement from Cricket, saying the "irritable noise of 'It's over Gauti'" has triumphed over his will to continue.
The 37-year-old, in a video message on his social media pages, said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting Thursday will be his last competitive match.
The aggressive opener was India's top-scorer in the finals of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which the country won. "The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground," Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post.
"The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible," Gambhir said, elaborating on his thought process leading up to Tuesday's decision.
"I think someone up there was writing my script but looks like now he has run out of his ink! But along the way he wrote some fascinating chapters," he said.
The other such chapters in his career included being the ICC's Test batsman of the year in 2009, and being a part of a world number one Indian Test team.
(With PTI inputs)