India cricketers Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan announce retirement
India’s double cricket World Cup winner, swashbuckling all-rounder Yusuf Pathan and right-arm fast bowler and former Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar, who also played across formats for India in the international circuit on Friday announced retirement from all formats.
Pathan was a key member of the Indian teams that won the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa and then went on to clinch the ICC 2011 World Cup which was held in India, helping his team to become the first to win a 50 over global tournament at home.
“The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life,”Pathan, who has also been a part of IPL winning teams for as many as three times with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, said in his retirement statement.
Pathan played in 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India. In 57 ODIs he scored 810 runs with two centuries and three half-centuries at an average of 27 while he got 236 runs in 22 T20Is with an average of 18.15.
Vinay Kumar finished with 504 first-class wickets from 139 matches. He took as many as 442 wickets in the Ranji trophy, India’s premier domestic red ball competition, which is the fourth highest overall after Rajinder Goel (637), S Venkataraghavan (530) and former Karnataka captain Sunil Joshi (479).
Vinay Kumar played in all three matches formats for India on the international circuit. His only Test match appearance came at Perth during their 2011-12 tour of Australia whereas he went on to play as many as 31 one-day international and 9 T20 internationals for India.