Ishwar Pandey announced his retirement from international cricket in all formats of the game￼
Ishwar Pandey announced his retirement from the sport on Tuesday in an Instagram post the right-arm pacer got very close to making his debut in international cricket from India but that dream remains unfulfilled.
Ishwar Pandey announced his retirement from the sport on Tuesday in an Instagram post. The right-arm pacer got very close to making his debut in international cricket from India but that dream remains unfulfilled.
In 75 first-class matches, he took 263 wickets. He was the leading wicket-taker of the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy. He was a star paceman for Madhya Pradesh and also featured for Central Zone n domestic cricket.
In the IPL Ishwar got 18 wickets in 25 matches during his spell with CSK, Rising Pune Supergiants, and Pune Warriors.
In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, Ishwar expressed that things would have been different had MS Dhoni allowed him an opportunity.
“Had Dhoni given me a chance my career would have been something else? I was 23-24 years old at that time and my fitness was great. Had Dhoni given me a chance to play for India and if I had performed then my career would have been different,”Pandey was quoted as saying by Dainik Bhaskar.
“Today the day has come and with a heavy heart, I have decided to retire from International and First class cricket. I began this incredible journey in 2007 and to date, I have enjoyed every single moment spent on and off the field. Going back to my early days from how I started to see myself to reach where I am today is immensely satisfying. I feel proud and blessed that I have achieved a bit in my life. Coming from a very small town and being the first one to make it to the Indian cricket team from Rewa (MP) was always a dream and to achieve that will always be my biggest achievement,”Pandey wrote on his Instagram post.
“From getting up early in the morning, riding my cycle 20 km every day in the morning and evening for my training, thinking about cricket 24/7 — it was a struggle which I will forever cherish. It was an honor to be a part of the Indian team for the test series against England and New Zealand. Though I was not fortunate enough to play a game for my country still being part of the Indian team will always be the most special memory of my life. I still feel bad that I couldn’t get a game to play for my country and I will always be known as an uncapped Indian cricket player.”
“To share a dressing room with modern-day greats like Virat Kohli M S Dhoni Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina Ishant Sharma Ravindra Jadeja Bhuvneshwar Kumar was very special and to have played a match against Legend Sachin Tendulkar Sir was like a dream come true. I started watching cricket because of him and I have always admired him since my childhood.
“Thanks to Rising Pune super giants for giving me the IPL exposure for the first time. It was a huge opportunity for me to play against the biggest global stars in the most loved T20 league in the world.
“I would like to thank RPSG and CSK for further selecting me. To be a part of the CSK team and to play IPL finals and win the Champions League was special. I loved my time playing for CSK for 2 years under the guidance of MSD and Stephen Fleming.
“To have a successful journey there are many people who provide you the support and guidance in the background. I would like to thank BCCI, my state association Madhya Pradesh cricket association for believing in me and allowing me to do well for my state and the various teams I played for. MPCA gave me the platform to make my name and fulfill all my childhood dreams,”he further wrote.