Recently Gautam Gambhir announced retirement from cricket, he scored a hundred in his farewell match against Andhra Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy on Saturday.
The left-handed opener scored 4,154 runs in 58 Tests, 5,238 in 147 ODIs and 932 in 37 T20 International matches for India. Despite having contributed in India’s triumph in the finals of 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup and winning matches single-handedly on numerous occasions, Gautam Gambhir feels he had an “unfulfilled career”. The Delhi batsman added that he had to pay the price for expressing his opinions upfront.
“Look, I am not being holier than thou but some of the things that go on in our system are absolutely ridiculous. I was vocal about them and I paid the price by having an unfulfilled career,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir has always been a non-conformist but he has had no regrets even if it meant a “lot of enemies” because he could “sleep peacefully at night”.
“It’s not only about cricketing system, in general our society doesn’t like to be shown the mirror. We like to maintain the status quo and not look at the reality. I get suffocated by all this,” Gambhir, who is set to retire from competitive cricket after Sunday said.
“I can’t tolerate wrong things and artificiality. A lot of people around me say that I could have been diplomatic but that is simply not me. Yes, I made many enemies but I slept in peace,” said Gambhir on the penultimate day of his competitive career.
“It did affect me. I am human after all but then like I said, I could not have let the unfair (practices) prevail.