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Yusuf Pathan and Vinay Kumar retire from all forms of cricket

India’s veteran all-rounder Yusuf Pathan called curtains on his professional cricket career on Friday. He took to his official Twitter handle to confirm the news of his retirement in a long post. His retirement comes just hours after pacer R Vinay Kumar called it quits from the game.

Yusuf Pathan and Vinay Kumar retire from all forms of cricket

Yusuf Pathan has been one of the important parts of Indian cricket history. He won two World Cups for India as a player. Yusuf Pathan was part of ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC ODI World Cup 2011. He represented the Indian team in 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is, a career spanning between 2008 and 2012.

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Although he didn’t make a big impact with the bat, he managed to score runs at a quick pace and entertained the fans in the form of big sixes. He scored 810 runs in the ODIs at a batting average of 27 including 2 centuries and 3 fifties. Coming to the shortest format, he essayed 236 runs at an average of 18.15 at a strike-rate in excess of 146.

Meanwhile, the former Indian all-rounder is all set to take part in the Road Safety World Series where he will be representing India Legends. The tournament will kick-off next month with as many as 6 participants in action. The inaugural edition of the Road Safety World Series was played in March 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the tournament after 4 games.

Yusuf will play alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, and his brother Irfan Pathan. In a long statement, Pathan wrote: “I still remember the day when I wore the India jersey for the first time.

I didn’t only wear the jersey that day, but I took upon my family’s, coach’s, friends the whole country’s and my own expectations on my shoulders as well. Since my childhood, my life has revolved only around Cricket. I played at the international level, domestic level and in the IPL in my career.

“But today is a bit different. There is no World Cup or IPL final today but it is equally important. The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well.

“Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career. I made my international debut under MS Dhoni, IPL debut under Shane Warne, Ranji debut under Jacob Martin and would like to thank them for believing in me.

I thank Gautam Gambhir with whom, at KKR, we won the IPL trophy twice. I would also like to thank my brother and backbone Irfan Pathan who was always there for me during the highs and lows of my career. Last but not the least, I would like to thank the BCCI & BCA for giving me the opportunity to play for my country and state.

“Nothing can keep me away from cricket and my passion for the sport will remain the same. I will continue to entertain everyone even in future.”

Earlier, Vinay Kumar announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket. He represented Team India in 1 Test, 31 ODIs and 9 T20Is and bagged 49 wickets. He shared the announcement with his fans and followers on social media through an emotional post.

“For me, cricket is not just a game, it’s a way of living. It has taught me many things, the ups and downs, the successes and failures, the good days and the bad days – all of this has made me a better person,” Vinay Kumar added in a statement.

“I have been fortunate enough to represent my country at the highest level and give it all I had to this beautiful game. My journey has been filled with many moments that I will cherish lifelong. I came to Bangalore from Davangere to pursue my dreams.

I am very grateful to Karnataka State Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent the state team. From here I went on to play for India and represented the nation in all the formats of the game,” Vinay added.

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