Retirement of Hrishikesh Kanitkar from cricket

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Retirement of Hrishikesh Kanitkar from cricket

Retirement of Hrishikesh Kanitkar from cricket

One of the best Indian players Hrishikesh Kanitkar has finally completed his league as a cricketer and is now all set to take up his new job on coaching. It was on July 1, when the forty year old batsman declared his decision to the BCCI.

The man has played for India in 2 matches and also has been a part of 34 ODIs in this whole career. The best moments in his career for which he would always be remembered and talked about in the history of cricket is his four winning against Saqlain Mushtaq against Pakistan. This Match took place in Dhaka in the year 1998 and it could be counted as the star moments of his career.

He played last time for the state in Rajasthan in the year 2013. When asked from the player about his decision from retirement, he commented that the basic reason for the decision was the fielding drill. He was still passionate about batting in the fields, but fielding for long time during the matches became stressful for him who is why he decided to leave the grounds and get on with coaching. He further stated “I don’t want to field just out of formality, if I am not able to cope up or field like the other youngsters in the field then there is not point pushing myself.”

He has ended his career gracefully and is one amongst the three batsman who have scored 8000 plus in the Ranji trophy. Not only this, his centuries in the Ranji trophy is the third highest, again proving him to be one of the best players in the cricket team. The man led Rajasthan, after playing for his home town Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra, followed by succession of titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Keeping his eyes focused on coaching, he has set up a camp for the 19 cricketers. For him coaching is something very interesting and staying with the team is something which he has always wanted. This coaching would come up as a great learning experience for him. Further to this, he is also more than willing to work as a cricket analyst in the media and these are two of the basic things which he is looking forward to now. Hence this time, the man would work behind the fields, but his efforts and pain would also be visible in the teams and players coached and guided by him.

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