Ajit Agarkar Announces Retirement

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar hits out during an ODI against England in 2007
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Former Indian all-rounder Ajit Agarkar has announced his retirement from all cricket.

Agarkar played 26 Tests, 191 One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals, was a member of the 2007 team that won the ICC World Twenty20 and led Mumbai to the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy title.

Primarily a bowler, he took 288 wickets in ODIs and 58 Tests, in which his career-best score of 109 came at Lord's in 2002, while he hit a career best of 95 in ODIs.

He reached 50 ODI wickets in his first 23 games to establish a new record in 1998 and enjoyed a golden spell with the ball in Adelaide in 2003 when he took six for 41.

"Ajit Agarkar served India with distinction for nearly a decade," N Srinivasan, BCCI President said.

"On behalf of the BCCI, I congratulate him on a fine career, and wish him all the best for the future."

BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Patel added: "Ajit Agarkar did his best with bat and ball, every time he set foot on a cricket field.

"He had a memorable ‘first innings,’ and hopefully his ‘second innings’ will be as eventful. To him, I would like to say, 'Well played, Ajit!'"

In all, he played 110 first-class matches, scoring 3,336 runs with four centuries at an average of 28.75 and took 299 wickets at 30.69

In one-day cricket, he finished with 2,276 runs and 420 wickets in 270 matches as well as 286 runs and 47 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.

He played in India's first ever Twenty20 International, against South Africa in 2006, and then played in both initial group games in the ICC World Twenty20 2007 as well as the Super Eight match against New Zealand.

He later played 27 matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders and 19 for the Delhi Daredevils.

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