Murali Kartik bids adieu to cricket

New Delhi: Former India left-arm spinner Murali Kartik announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday. The Tamil Nadu cricketer played 8 Tests and 37 ODIs for India.

In the recently concluded Indian Premier League`s seventh edition, Kartik was part of the Kings XI Punjab, who finished as runners-up.

It was first-class cricket where Kartik was always a force to reckon with 644 wickets from 203 games which also included stints with English county sides like Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset.

"I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year's Champions League T20. I want to thank everyone for their support and felt that it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed playing this game and it has given me a lot," Kartik said in a press conference here today.

"I would like to thank my parents and wife Shweta for their support, my coaches MP Singh, Gurcharan Singh and the greatest motivator of all Bishan Singh Bedi. Not to forget the influence that Maninder Singh had on my career," said one of the premier left-arm spinners in the world.
Kartik also thanked BCCI's president-in-exile N Srinivasan as he first got a chance to play competitive cricket for India Cements.

"I would like to thank N Srinivasan sir and Kasi sir (Kashi Viswanthan) for giving a chance to play Buchi Babu as a teenager for Vijay Sports Club. My first captain VB Chandrasekhar who gave me a lot of confidence."

Asked about his high point in international cricket, Kartik said, "The Mumbai Test (match haul of 7/76) where I won the man-of-the-match award will always be special as we were able to restrict an Australian side chasing 103 (107). Also when Sachin presented me with my India Test cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach) presented the India hat."

Talking about his best captain, he said,"It's got to be Azzu bhai (Mohammed Azharuddin), who would tell you that as a bowler, you should be knowing what to do rather than me telling you.

The 37-year-old made his international debut against South Africa at Mumbai on February 24, 2000, whereas, it took his two years to play his maiden ODI for India. His ODI debut was against Zimbabwe at Hyderabad on March 16, 2002.

In his IPL career he had also represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the now defunct Pune Warriors.

The spinner`s last international appearance for India came in a T20 fixture against Australia in 2010.

With Agency inputs

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