Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket on February 12


Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket: After Jharkhand’s last league match of the Ranji Trophy against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur starting on February 16, 34-year-old Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from both International and Domestic cricket. He played three ODIs and represented Jharkhand for 17 years. He also played for four IPL franchises.

Left-arm batter Saurabh Tiwary was born on 30 December 1989 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. He began to play cricket at the age of 11. Tiwary made his first-class debut as a teenager during the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy season.

He is a key batter to India’s victory in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup held in Malaysia where Virat Kohli is the captain of India U19 team.

Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket

International Career

In 2010, Saurabh Tiwary was called up for the 2010 Asia Cup in June but could not play a single match. Tiwary debuted his ODI on 20th October 2010 against Australia in Visakhapatnam and his last ODI was against New Zealand on 10 December 2010. He played a total of three ODI matches where he scored a total of 49 runs and remained unbeaten in two of them.

Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket
Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket: Saurabh Tiwary during his debut match

Domestic Career

In domestic cricket, Tiwary demonstrated considerable prowess and played a total of 115 first-class matches over 17 years. He accumulated 8030 runs in 189 innings at an impressive average of 47.51, which included 22 centuries and 34 half-centuries.

“It’s a little tough to bid farewell to this journey that I had started before my schooling,” the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“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. Youngsters are getting a lot of chances in our Test team so I’m making this decision.”

“It’s not like I’ve decided this only on the basis of my performances. You can see my record in Ranji and in the last domestic season,” Tiwary said.

“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.”

Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket
Saurabh Tiwary announced retirement from cricket: Saurabh Tiwary successfully played seven IPL season for Mumbai Indians franchise

IPL Career

From 2008 to 2010 Saurabh Tiwary represented Mumbai Indians. In 2010, he scored 419 runs in 16 matches, at an average of 29.92 and a strike rate of 135.59.

In 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore acquired him for the 2011 Indian Premier League for a substantial sum of US$1.6 million. He played three IPL seasons for RCB from 2011 – 2013.

In the 2014 IPL season, he was signed by Delhi Daredevils for 70 lakhs Indian rupees. But due to a shoulder injury, he was replaced by Imran Tahir. He played two IPL seasons for DD from 2014 – 2015.

In the 2016 IPL, Tiwary was signed by the new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants.

In the 2017 IPL season, Saurabh Tiwary was again bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 30 lakhs.

In the 2018 IPL auction, again Mumbai Indians bought Tiwary.

In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2020 IPL.

He the year 2021, Tiwary also played for Mumbai Indians. In total, he played a total of 7 years for the franchise Mumbai Indians in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021.

Tiwary concludes his IPL career in 2021 where he played a total of 93 IPL matches, scored 1494 runs at an average of 28.73, and a strike rate of 120.

Overall, he has accumulated 3454 T20 runs with 16 half-centuries, averaging 29.02 with a strike rate of 122.17.

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