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Till the Time I Have That Passion in me, I Will Keep Going: Gambhir Opens up on Retirement

Cricketnext Staff |October 16, 2018, 2:44 PM IST
Till the Time I Have That Passion in me, I Will Keep Going: Gambhir Opens up on Retirement

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has opened up on retirement saying he will call time on his career the day he feels there are no emotions involved in the game.

The 37-year-old Gambhir has been in terrific form of late scoring runs in abundance in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy for Delhi. He smashed a 104-ball 151 in an earlier group game against Kerala before leading his side to the semifinals of the competition with a whirlwind 72-ball 104 against Haryana on Sunday. He is so far the third-highest scorer in the tournament with 490 runs in eight outings at an impressive average of 61.25.

Asked what keeps him going on the cricket field and if he has any targets before hanging up his boots, Gambhir said: "No, till the time I keep scoring runs, that makes me happy. You keep doing it. I think scoring runs, winning, coming back to the dressing room happy, being in the winning environment makes me happy.

"Till the time I have that passion in me, where I want to come back to a happy dressing room, I want to be a part of that happy environment -- I am going to keep going, and the day I feel that there are no emotions involved in it then I would think it's time to go."

Gambhir started his career in 1999 with Delhi in Ranji Trophy and made his Test debut in 2004. In 2011, he was made captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he led the side to two IPL titles in 2012 and again in 2014.

He played an integral part in India's wins in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 (75 runs from 54 balls) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122). Gabhir was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2008. In 2009, he was the number one ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings and was the recipient of the ICC Test Player of the Year award.

Has his professional journey been fulfilling or is there any vacuum he can perhaps fill? "You can always fill in something. There is never an end to your journey and probably the day I would feel that has been achieved, I obviously could not have continued playing," he said.

"There is a vacuum and there is always something more to achieve in life as well and that is what makes a person work hard and keep going forward as well," said Gambhir, who was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 2.8 Cr. in IPL 2018 and was appointed as the captain before he stepped down midway into the tournament.

Gambhir said that in 11 years, IPL has become more difficult and challenging. "That will always happen because new players will come. Challenges will be different, players and franchises will get more smarter. From the first to the eleventh edition, IPL has got tougher, better and more challenging.

"That is where the biggest challenge for any sportsman is. If you can keep growing with that challenge, that is what will keep you going," the southpaw said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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