Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik announced his retirement on Saturday after a First-Class career that spanned over 17 years. Kartik played eight Tests and 37 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2007. In First-Class cricket, Kartik took 644 wickets from 203 matches, which included stints with Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset.
“I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year’s Champions League T20. I want to thank everyone for their support and felt that it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed playing this game and it has given me a lot,” Kartik said in a press conference here on Saturday.
“I would like to thank my parents and wife Shweta for their support, my coaches MP Singh, Gurcharan Singh and the greatest motivator of all Bishan Singh Bedi. Not to forget the influence that Maninder Singh had on my career,” Kartik added.
Asked about the high point of his career, Kartik said: “The Mumbai Test where I won the Man-of-the-Match award (7/76) will always be special as we were able to restrict an Australian side chasing 103 (107). Also when Sachin presented me with my India Test cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach) presented the India hat.”
Talking about his best captain, he said, “It’s got to be Azzu bhai (Mohammed Azharuddin), who would tell you that as a bowler, you should be knowing what to do rather than me telling you.”
He also thanked the Indian Railways. “Winning the Ranji Trophy in 2001 gave us a lot of joy. We beat teams like Bengal and Tamil Nadu before beating Baroda in the finals. We were defending a first-innings score of 270-odd and Baroda were over 100 for no loss. We won it from there and it was a special feeling.” PTI