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Ranji Trophy: Abhishek Nayar retires from First-Class cricket

Ranji Trophy: Abhishek Nayar retires from First-Class cricket

An integral part of many of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy conquests this millennium, veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar called it quits on his cricketing career.

“Yes, I gave a letter to the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) when I was in the West Indies (to help the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League) last month, informing them of my decision to quit the game. I thanked both of them, all my coaches, my teammates, family and friends for all the support they gave me through my thick and thin,” Nayar told TOI on Tuesday.

An amazing all-rounder, Abhishek Nayar was a left-hand batsman and seam bowler. The 36-year-old has represented Mumbai in 99 first-class games. He started in three ODIs for India under the captaincy of Dhoni but couldn’t make any significant impact and was dropped for good.

However, he enjoyed an illustrious first-class career, in which he scored 5749 runs in 103 matches at an average of 45.62, with 13 centuries and 32 fifties under his belt. His highest score was 259. He took 173 wickets at an average of 31.47, with six five-wicket hauls.

“At the end of the day, I’ve no regrets in my career, not even the fact that I couldn’t play my 100th first-class game for Mumbai. After all, how many players get to play 99 games for Mumbai? I’m lucky that I played 99. Not playing that one game doesn’t change the way I look at the 99 games I played for Mumbai. I’m extremely happy and content with my career, and Mumbai cricket will always have a special place close to my heart. I know what it takes to be a part of that dressing room,” Nayar said. “I made good friends in my game, and played with all my heart and will.”

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