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Dinesh Karthik announces retirement from cricket

01 June, 2024 18:40

Veteran Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The wicketkeeper batter made the formal announcement on his social media platforms, bringing curtain down on his illustrious career which started in early 2000s.

“Having given it plenty of thought for sometime now, I have decided to move on from playing representative cricket,” Karthik said in a statement.

“I officially announce my retirement and put my playing days behind me as I square up for the new challenges that lie ahead.”

He also supported fans who supported him throughout his career.

“I’d like to thank all my coaches, captains, selectors, teammates and members of the support staff who have made this long journey pleasant and enjoyable. Among the millions that play the sport in our country, I consider myself among the lucky few to have had the chance to represent the nation, and luckier still to have earned the goodwill of so many fans and friends.

“My parents have been pillars of strength and support over all these years, and I wouldn’t be what I am without their blessings. I also owe plenty to Dipika (Pallikal), herself a professional sportsperson who often put her career on hold to walk my journey with me.

“Of course, to all the fans and followers of our great game, a massive thank you! Cricket and cricketers wouldn’t be the same without your support and good wishes.”

He represented India in 180 matches combined in all three formants. His last appearance came during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Last month, he hanged up his boots after Royal Challengers Bengaluru knocked out from the Indian Premier League.

Karthik made his India debut in September 2004 in ODIs, and won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.

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