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Saurabh Tiwary announces retirement from professional cricket

Published at :February 12, 2024 at 7:23 PM
Modified at :February 12, 2024 at 7:24 PM
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The southpaw Saurabh Tiwary played three ODIs for India in 2010.

Former India U19 star and middle-order batter Saurabh Tiwary has announced his retirement from professional cricket at the age of 34. Tiwary is currently part of the Ranji Trophy 2023-24 and representing his home state Jharkhand. Tiwary will play final game of his professional career against Rajasthan at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.

Saurabh Tiwary rose to fame with his Indian Premier League performance for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2010. Tiwary was drafted into the Indian camp at the end of 2010 and he played three ODI games for India. Saurabh Tiwary remained unbeaten in two innings he batted for India. Tiwary played a vital part in India’s chase of 316 runs against New Zealand along with Yusuf Pathan in Bengaluru.

‘Offer from Politics’

Left-hand batter Saurabh Tiwary announced that it is tough for him to bid farewell from the game. Saurabh announced his retirement during a press conference in Jamshedpur. He said, “It’s a little tough to bid farewell to this journey that I had started before my schooling. But I’m also sure that this is the right time for this. I feel that if you’re not in the national team and IPL, it’s better to vacate a spot in the state side for a youngster.”

Saurabh Tiwary also revealed that he got an offer from a political party. He revealed, “It’s always asked what I’m going to do next and for now I only know that cricket is the only thing I know so I’m going to be connected to the game. I got an offer from politics too but I haven’t thought about that.” He had a decent Ranji Trophy season for Jharkhand and scored a century against Manipur.

The 34-year-old left-hander was part of India’s U19 World Cup-winning squad in 2008 under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. He played six games and scored 115 runs in the tournament. Talking about domestic cricket, Tiwary has played 115 First Class matches for Jharkhand and scored 8030 runs at an average of 47.51 including 22 hundreds.

In the IPL, Saurabh Tiwari played for four different franchises in his career from 2008 to 2021. Tiwary scored 1494 runs with 8 half-centuries. Tiwary has been out of the Indian Premier League for past few years.

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