Updated: November 10, 2015 11:47:44 pm
Former Test and ODI spinner Ramesh Powar has announced that he will retire from all forms of the game at the end of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. The 37-year-old, who currently plays for Gujarat in the domestic circuit, maintained that he will continue to feature for the team in their four-day matches till the season ends.
“It’s a tough and emotional call. You can’t just give it away one fine day. But you have to think about it practically and I felt that I’ll have to stop somewhere. I can’t keep going,” he said. The veteran, who represented the national team in two Tests and 31 ODIs, went further to state that after retirement he will try his hand at coaching. Significantly, he claims that his hope is to nurture the pool of upcoming off-spinners.
“I became a classical off-spinner because I was encouraged and taught the basics. We need to find good coaches and people who will back these bowlers. You can’t simply tell them to bowl flat, or fast. This is hard work and takes years,” he mentioned.
“I like sharing my thoughts about the game and I’ve seen a lot of talent since I’ve played all over the country. There are talented players and I want to share my experiences with them. I want to do it because I like it,” he added.
Having played for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team for 14 seasons before moving on to Rajasthan and now Gujarat, Powar also encouraged the Mumbai Cricket Association to bring in their former players to nurture the junior teams.
“These players will help you. My thinking is that if you have a left-arm spinner like Nilesh Kulkarni, get him involved. Ajit Agarkar, get him involved as well in junior cricket. Because at the Under-23 level you can mould players. After that you can only guide them,” he asserted.
Though he plans to retire from all forms of the game and head straight into coaching, Powar, who currently has 341 Ranji wickets to his name — the highest among the active bowlers — is looking for an opportunity to play in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Masters Champions League. “It’s a good platform to have fun. It’ll be competitive as well, but there are a lot of guys there that I played along with. So it should be fun,” he concluded.
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