The sensational Karnataka bowler Sreenath Aravind has decided to retire from domestic cricket after the end of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 final. He has a record of 186 wickets from 56 first-class games and 57 wickets from 41 A list matches.“I started my career in 2008, playing the Ranji Trophy against Saurashtra. I started against them and ending on a good note with the Vijay Hazare. I appreciate and thank the KSCA, selectors, my coaches, my parents, god and my friends whoever appreciated and supported me, I thank them all.”
“Youngsters are coming up and are in and out. I have just made way so that they can create a career for themselves. They are marching into a good side. I had decided yesterday night. It was a very tough decision. I could continue for another two-three years, that was my fitness level. I just wanted to give a good chance for the youngsters who are upcoming. So I just decided on this,” he quoted.
An integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL for a few seasons, he picked up 45 wickets at an average of 23.08 in a total of 38 IPL games from 2011-2017. He was the winner of the Ranji Trophy, the Irani Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2013-14 and 2014-15 with the Karnataka side.
He also experienced quite some lows in his career. He was able to get only one India cap and couldn’t pick up more than one wicket in the T20I against South Africa in October 2015. In the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018, Aravind was unsuccessful in picking up even a single wicket and ended up giving away 42 runs. At the base price of Rs. 50 lakh, none of the franchises invested in him and he remained unsold.
Aravind admitted in an interview that though he was unlucky to have missed out on a consolidated spot on the Indian team and wanted to continue trying, he was happy with his current position and was enjoying his game.