The 33-year-old, known for his role as a middle-order batsman, also contributed with his off-spin, bowling 10 overs in the ODI series against Australia.
Gurkeerat’s decision to retire comes as he experienced inconsistency in his inclusion in the Punjab team and participated in his final Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2020, concluding a seven-season stint in the tournament.
This announcement marks the end of Gurkeerat’s international and Indian cricket career, and he will be remembered for his contributions during his time on the field.
“Today marks the end of an incredible cricketing journey for me. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent India,” Mann wrote on Instagram.
“My heart is filled with gratitude for the support from my family, friends, coaches and my fellow players. Each one of you played a pivotal role in my career.
“I would also like to thank BCCI and PCA for their constant support, guidance and encouragement I’ve got throughout my journey. Here’s to the next chapter!”
Gurkeerat first caught the eye on the domestic cricket circuit in 2011 with his aggressive batting that played a crucial role in Punjab’s triumph in the CK Nayudu Trophy. His stellar form continued in the Ranji Trophy during the 2015-16 season, where he impressed with a double century.
Although he earned a call-up to India’s Test team for the home series against South Africa, he did not make his debut. Gurkeerat showcased his batting prowess as Punjab’s leading run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 2021-22 season.
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he represented teams like Punjab Kings, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite being part of the title-winning Gujarat Titans squad in 2022, he did not feature in any games. Across 41 IPL matches, Gurkeerat accumulated 511 runs at a strike rate of 121.
Following his retirement from Indian cricket, Gurkeerat now has the opportunity to explore playing in overseas T20 leagues. His cricketing journey, marked by notable performances in domestic competitions and the IPL, has left an indelible mark on the Indian cricket landscape.
(With PTI inputs)