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Gautam Gambhir Says, No To Retirement Till The Time I Keep Scoring Runs

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| October 16 , 2018 , 14:06 IST

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, on Tuesday, revealed that he will retire the day he feels there are no emotions involved in the game.

The 37-year-old left-handed batsman is the only Indian to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches.

Speaking to media, when asked if he has any targets before hanging up his boots, Gambhir said from Mumbai, "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."

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It is learnt that the 37-year-old was born in Delhi, and started his career in 1999 with the Ranji Trophy and made his Test debut in 2004. In 2011, he was handed his captaincy with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Under his captaincy, KKR won their IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014.

Gambhir played an integral part in India's trump card in the finals of both the 2007 World Twenty20 where he played a vital inning of (75 runs from 54 balls) and in the 2011 Cricket World Cup (97 from 122).

He was conferred 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.

Further, Gambhir added, "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."

"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 Rs 2.8 crore in the 2018 IPL auction, and was appointed as the captain before he stepped down midway into the tournament.