Left-handed star bids farewell: Saurabh Tiwary announces retirement

Tiwary's cricketing journey began at the young age of 11. He burst onto the scene with a stellar performance in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup triumph alongside Virat Kohli, a tournament that kickstarted his promising career.

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Satyam Singh
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In a shocking announcement, veteran batsman Saurabh Tiwary has announced his retirement from professional cricket. The 34-year-old left-hander, known for his aggressive strokeplay, will retire after representing Jharkhand in their final Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan, which is scheduled to start on February 15 in Jamshedpur.

Tiwary's cricketing journey began at the young age of 11. He burst onto the scene with a stellar performance in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup triumph alongside Virat Kohli, a tournament that kickstarted his promising career.

Announcing his decision at a press conference, Tiwary said, "It's tough to say goodbye to a journey that began even before I started school," he confessed. "However, I believe this is the right time. Without regular national teams or IPL appearances, it's better to make space for younger talents in the state team. They're getting opportunities in the Test squad, and I want to facilitate that," he further explained.

Impeccable record on domestic circuit

In his 115 first-class appearances in the domestic circuit, where he hammered 8030 runs for Jharkhand. Tiwary's 22 centuries and 34 fifties even surpassed the legendary MS Dhoni's figures in the state's record books.

While his international career was limited to three ODIs with 49 runs, Tiwary's prowess in the IPL cannot be ignored. He secured 1494 runs at a healthy average of 28.73 and a blistering strike rate of 120.

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Despite stepping away from playing, Tiwary remains firmly tethered to the game. "This decision isn't solely based on performances. Look at my Ranji record and last season's domestic performance," he asserted. "Everyone asks what's next, and while I only know cricket, I've received a political offer which I haven't considered yet," he revealed, emphasizing his enduring love for the sport. Saurabh Tiwary's retirement marks the end of an era for Indian cricket. His powerful left-handed batting and contributions to both domestic and international levels will be remembered fondly by fans.