Himachal`s Ranji player Rajeev quits first class cricket

Chandigarh, Dec 31: First class cricketer Rajeev Nayyar today announced his retirement from the game ending his 18 years of association with the Himachal Pradesh Ranji team.

Nayyar, who belonged to Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, made his debut in first class cricket in 1986 at the age of 17.

He was the first player from Himachal Pradesh to score a century in the Ranji Trophy against Haryana in 1988. He had also scored centuries against teams like Delhi, Punjab and Services.

It was under his captaincy in 1990 that Himachal Pradesh won their first Ranji Trophy match against Services.

"I will keep serving the game," he said while announcing his retirement. He had scored 7,000 runs with 20 centuries and 32 fifties with an average of 44.97 in 96 first class matches. He also took 32 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.

In Ranji Trophy one-dayer, he scored 1141 runs with 10 fifties at an average of 32.60 in 50 matches. He also took 17 wickets.

Rajeev`s crowning glory came in 1999 when he erased the 40-year old record of Hanif Mohammad of Pakistan for the longest stay at the crease.

He had batted for 1015 minutes and scored 271 runs against Jammu and Kashmir. He was also the first player from Himachal Pradesh to play minor county cricket in England for 10 years.

Bureau Report