'Dismissing Sachin Tendulkar Twice My Greatest Moment'
Saurasish Lahiri, who announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Thursday, said dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in the final of 2006-07 Ranji season is the moment he cherishes the most
Dismissing Sachin Tendulkar twice my greatest moment, says Lahiri
Lahiri announced his retirement from first-class cricket on June 9
He played 100 first-class matches for Bengal and picked up 256 wickets
Getting Sachin Tendulkar out in both innings of the Ranji Super League final in 2006-07 will remain the "greatest moment" in Bengal off-spinner Saurasish Lahiri's first-class career, that spanned for 17 years.
Lahiri, on Thursday, announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
"Both the dismissals happened in the zone and I could not have asked for more," Lahiri told a packed news conference sitting alongside his former captains Sourav Ganguly, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Manoj Tiwary.
The scorecard read: Tendulkar c Shukla b Lahiri 105 and Tendulkar c Tiwary b Lahiri 43, as the 1989-90 champions had come close to winning the coveted title one last time before being overwhelmed by 132 runs in the Ranji final in February.
Lahiri's innings of 48 in his 100th first-class match proved instrumental in Bengal securing a draw against Madhya Pradesh, a result that had helped his state avoid relegation to group B in 2014-15.
But ironically it happened to be Lahiri's last first-class match for Bengal as he went out of favour in 2015-16 with Bengal roping in former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
"Yes, initially it was disappointing. But I've no regrets. I am really overwhelmed by the way they have stood by me. I could not have asked for more."
On his post retirement plan, Lahiri said he would switch to coaching.