''It's been a magic ride for me it's not the fairytale ending tonight, but its certainly been a fairytale career for me,'' Gilchrist told Sky Sports. ''To be involved with it all is obviously something I'll hold very dear for the rest of my life.'' The 36-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman bows out with an average of 35.89 in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, finishing with 9619 runs in 287 matches and has taken 472 catches.
Gilchrist was Australia's best-performing batsman in the CB Series with 322 runs at an average of 32.20 and a strike-rate of 98.17.
He scored a century and two half-centuries in the tournament.
However, he proved to be a damp squib in his farewewell match, contributing 2 before playing back and edging Praveen Kumar.
Gilchrist will now play in the lucrative Indian Premier League with whom he has a three year contract.