Abhishek Nayar Announces Retirement From First-Class Cricket

Updated: 23 October 2019 13:39 IST

Abhishek Nayar scored 5,749 at an average of 45.62 in 103 first-class matches, with the help of 13 centuries and 32 fifties.

Abhishek Nayar Announces Retirement From First-Class Cricket
Abhishek Nayar played three ODIs for India under MS Dhoni in 2009. © AFP

Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who represented India in three One-day Internationals (ODIs), has brought an end to his first-class career. "It's been an absolute honour and I'm grateful for all the support I've received through my playing career. I 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," Nayar tweeted on Wednesday. A reliable left-handed batsman and a seam bowler, Nayar played three ODIs for India under MS Dhoni in 2009, but couldn't pick up a wicket or score a run.

The 36-year-old played 103 first-class matches in which he scored 5,749 at an average of 45.62, with 13 centuries and 32 fifties. He also took 173 wickets at an average of 31.47, with six five-wicket hauls.

Apart from that, he played 99 List-A games in which he amassed 2,145 runs and picked 79 wickets.

Nayar is close to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik and helped him during his lean patch some time back. The left-handed batsman, who worked with KKR as consultant during the last season, has been the lead coach and mentor of the KKR academy in Bengaluru.

From this season though, Nayar has been named as the assistant coach of the franchise, with former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum being the head coach and David Hussey and Kyle Mills serving as chief mentor and bowling coach respectively.

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Highlights
  • Abhishek Nayar scored 5,749 runs in 103 matches first-class matches
  • Abhishek Nayar also took 173 wickets at an average of 31.47
  • Nayar has been named as the assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders
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