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One Last Time: Gambhir gets ready for last hurrah against Andhra

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Gautam Gambhir's final appearance in competitive will add an emotional overtone to an otherwise normal group league encounter between a depleted and starting here from Thursday.

One of the biggest names to ever don the jersey, Gambhir will be retiring from his spiritual home, the Feroz Shah Kotla, amidst an outpouring of emotion on social media, where he enjoys a sizeable following.

However, would have ideally liked the veteran left-hander to at least complete the season but having understood that a good IPL deal is a long shot, Gambhir did what any who has played a bit of international would do -- retire with minimum fuss.

While it's a dream for any to retire in an Indian jersey, Gambhir will be happy that he is calling it quits on his own terms even though his state team is in a spot of bother.

With regular and the talented Himmat Singh away on national duty (with Emerging squad), Gambhir's experience was much more required at this stage where a couple of bad matches will put Delhi out of knock-out contention.

Gambhir will be the star attraction even as plans to hand three debuts.

One of them is U-23 Jonty Sidhu, whose senior team debut has been much anticipated after a string of good shows at the U-19 and U-23 level.

A former U-19 captain, the lanky left-hander Jonty is also a and will replace Rana in the playing XI as Dhruv Shorey leads the side.

The other debutant could be left-arm spinner Shivank Vasist while veteran may come in place of Himmat.

The three players out of the 15 are Sarthak Ranjan, Kunwar Bodhuri, both of whom failed in the last game, along with left-arm spinner Varun Sood.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:35 IST