Rajasthan pace bowler Pankaj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket recently. Notably, he did quite well in Rajasthan’s consecutive Ranji Trophy-winning seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12 as well. He had played two Tests and one ODI for India. And, he also played in five seasons of the Indian Premier League where he took 11 wickets in 20 matches also.
“It’s not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sports person’s life where one has to call it a day. With a heavy heart and mixed emotions, I officially announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” he said in a statement.
“Today is the most difficult day for me but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for RCA, BCCI, IPL, and CAP has been a tremendous honour for me. I have been part of RCA for close to 15 years and reached many milestones and gained incredible experience under the roof RCA. My journey with RCA has always been memorable and will always remain first priority for me,” Pankaj Singh again shared.
With 633 wickets across 253 games, he was considered one of the finest domestic cricketers in India as well. He made his first-class debut way back in 2004 and List A debut in 2006 as well, whereas Pankaj Singh made his ODI debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka in a triangular series in Harare where he failed to take a wicket.
Meanwhile, he had bowled 37 overs in his first-ever innings in the longer format, conceding 137 runs without taking a single wicket against England in Southampton in July 2014 as well. He claimed a wicket in his second Test appearance in Manchester but failed to make it to the cut for India after that.
On the other hand, in the domestic circuit, he had played for Rajasthan for a few years until he shifted to Puducherry in 2018. He finished the 2018-19 Ranji season as their leading wicket-taker, with 45 wickets in eight matches as well. However, Pankaj Singh has ended his career as the eighth highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy, finishing with 409 wickets in the competition as well.