Abhishek Nayar has announced his retirement from first class cricket after a 13-year-long career which included playing for Mumbai and Puducherry. The cricketer made the announcement on social media on Wednesday.
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… https://t.co/oqYs3wK30u
— abhishek nayar (@abhisheknayar1) October 23, 2019
Nayar is best known for his contribution to Mumbai’s successive Ranji Trophy triumphs and his role as a mentor to Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, and Unmukt Chand. All three players have hailed the all-rounder for his fitness regime and work ethic.
A left-handed batsman and seam bowler, Nayar played three ODIs for India under Dhoni in 2009, but failed to retain a spot in the team.
Nayar is currently associated with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as a member of the supporting staff. He had informed the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) about his decision last month.
The 36-year-old all-rounder played his first Ranji match in 2005 and went on to play 98 first-Class games before he was dropped during the 2017-18 season by Mumbai. Nayar then moved to Puducherry where he played his last four first-class games.
In his first-class career, he scored 5749 runs in 103 matches, with 13 hundreds and 32 fifties. His top score was 259. Nayar grabbed 173 wickets at an average of 31.47.
Nayar has ventured into coaching and has been the lead coach and mentor of the Kolkata Knight Riders academy in Bengaluru. He has also been named as the assistant coach of the side, under former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum who is the head coach.
You’re the perfect role model for budding cricketers out there … was lucky to have you around during the early years of my career. We’ll miss you on the field…Good luck on your next innings @abhisheknayar1 pic.twitter.com/VIRcALRpla
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) October 23, 2019