Looking back in time, Gautam Gambhir was addressed as the best opener for the Indian cricket team that we had ever had since Sunil Gavaskar during his peak time in 2009. And on Tuesday, the former Indian opener announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Gautam Gambhir’s career started somewhere in 1999-2000, but his peak years coincided the golden period of Indian cricket team that went on for 12 years. Some of the best players graced in the team, but there was much to look forward in Indian cricket when it came to opening a match with the best. When Gambhir entered, the opening woes were finally put to rest and he became the strongest forefront of all matches that Indian cricket team played. And in no time, he became the star known for his run-ins on the field – battling legends like Simon Katich, elbowing Shane Watson and then his on-field heat row with Shahid Afridi.

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. However, right after the victory in the World Cup final in 2011 came the downfall of India’s best cricket era that dismantled some of the best players. Gambhir, who was known as of the most successful batsmen for India, saw his biggest downfall and even after returning to the changing rooms, his appearance did little in favour of the national team after a dip in form and last played a Test back in 2016 against England.

And today, announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket, Gambhir wrote: “So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. Despite all the aches and pains; fears and failures I won’t mind a repeat of this in my next life too. But obviously with a few more wins for India, a few more hundreds and in the next life may be a few 5-wicket hauls as well”. But for the man who has thrived through the grits and grins of the team, Gambhir could be far from being done with cricket.