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Sreenath Aravind announces retirement from domestic cricket
By Sandy - Feb 27, 2018 1:43 pm
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Karnataka’s left-arm medium-fast bowler Sreenath Aravind announced his retirement from the domestic cricket. 33-years old bowler played only one international match for India and that was a T20I against South Africa at Dharamsala on 2nd October 2015.

Sreenath Aravind

After clinching the 2017/18 Vijay Hazare Trophy by beating Saurashtra for 41 runs in the final match, Sreenath Aravind announced his retirement from domestic cricket.

Sreenath Aravind with the Vijay Hazare Trophy

Aravind played total 56 first-class matches, 41 List-A matches and 84 T20 matches where he picked up 186, 57 and 103 wickets respectively.

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In his only T20I match, Aravind had bowled the Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis and that was his only international wicket. In that match, India had lost despite scoring 199/5 at the first batting as South Africa chased down that total successfully in 19.4 overs after losing only 3 wickets. At the end of the match, Aravind had a bowling figure of 3.4-0-44-1.

However, it was not the first time when Aravind was in the initial squad of the national cricket team. During the home limited-overs series against England in October 2011, he had been included in the ODI and T20I squad but failed to get a chance.

Before making a debut in the first-class cricket, Aravind had met a career-threatening road accident. But he successfully overcame that incident and made a first-class debut in 2008.

He had played an important role for Karnataka to making their successful domestic seasons in 2013/14 and 2014/15. During that period, Karnataka had consecutively won Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

In 2014/15 Ranji Trophy, Sreenath Aravind had finished as fourth most taking bowlers in the tournament as he had claimed total 42 wickets in 19 matches.

Aravind played total 38 IPL matches and all for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011-2017. He picked up total 45 wickets in his IPL career. In the 2017 IPL, he had played total 10 matches but was only able to pick 5 wickets. His best season in IPL was his debutant IPL season in 2011 where he had claimed total 21 wickets in 13 matches and finished as the third most wicket-taking bowler in that tournament.

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In the 2018 IPL Auction, Aravind was unsold who had a base price of INR 50 lakh.

Apart from the left-arm medium-fast bowling, Aravind has also a good ability to bowl left-arm spin.

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