All-rounder Abhishek Nayar retires from first-class cricket

He played in 103 first-class matches and managed to get 5749 runs at an average of 45.62 with a best of 259.


Abhishek Nayar Ranji Trophy Mumbai
Mumbai allrounder Abhishek Nayar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has decided to call it quits from first-class cricket. The 36-year-old made his first-class debut back in 2005 against Tamil Nadu. He also got a chance to play under the leadership of MS Dhoni, but couldn’t impress selectors with his performances in the limited chances.

Nayar is known for his contribution in Mumbai’s successive Ranji Trophy triumphs. He also mentored Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer and Unmukt Chand. These players have hailed him in the past for his fitness regime and work ethics.


Abhishek Nayar signs off from first-class cricket

On Wednesday, Mumbai cricketer informed his fans about his retirement by taking to his Instagram handle and wrote, “It’s been an absolute honour and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received through my playing career.Gave it my everything and like they say ‘no regrets no comebacks’.its time to move on…thank you, everyone, for the love and support”

Here is his Instagram post

Mumbai all-rounder played in 103 first-class matches and managed to get 5749 runs at an average of 45.62 with a best of 259. With the ball, he has taken 173 wickets for his side. Nayar moved to play for Union Territory Puducherry, after getting dropped in 2017-18 from Mumbai Ranji team. He made his debut for Team India back in 2009 against West Indies but after playing three matches he was dropped from the national squad.

Abhishek has now taken a step into his coaching career. He was the lead coach and mentor in the Kolkata Knight Riders Academy in Bengaluru. For IPL 2020, he has been promoted as the assistant coach of KKR, with former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum being the head coach. In past, he also featured in Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India, and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Nayar’s last IPL season as a player came in 2014 where he scored 43 runs in 5 matches.

He was also associated with Trinbago Knight Riders in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 season. The Mumbai-born cricketer had earlier informed BCCI about his recent association with the CPL franchise.

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