New Delhi, Dec 8: Gautam Gambhir did it in style. Like in his active days, Gambhir scored a memorable 100 as he walked into cricket sunset. The Delhi opener retired after scoring his 43rd and final first-class century of his career. In his last innings he ensured that Delhi get at least three points by virtue of first innings lead against Andhra on the third day of a group B encounter in the Ranji Trophy on Saturday.
The entire focus was on Gambhir, who is set to hang his boots on Sunday, made it memorable for the 500-odd spectators, who were present at the Feroz Shah Kotla to cheer every run that he scored.
A streaky boundary through the slips took him to 98 and then he square drove pacer Bandaru Ayappa to scamper home for a double to complete one of his more emotionally exhausting hundreds.
While the 100-odd youngsters sporting "Miss you Gauti' T-shirts were overwhelmed with emotion, the former India opener was muted in his celebrations as he didn't even bother to open his helmet.
He added 113 runs for the second wicket with skipper Dhruv Shorey (98) before India A keeper Kona Bharat finally held onto an edge with off-spinner Shoaib Mohammed Khan being the bowler.
It wasn't a smooth innings but no one cared for the details like 10 boundaries and 185 balls as he got a generous applause.
The Delhi players gave a him a 'Guard of Honour', the spectators gave a standing ovation and the entire Andhra team came up to congratulate him.
He strode back to pavilion in a matter of fact manner as the interest in the day's proceedings suddenly waned.News24 Bureau/ PTI