Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The fast bowler had won two Ranji Trophy titles with his state team. Pankaj, who has played two Tests and one One-Day International (ODI) for India announced his decision through a letter to the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on Saturday (July 10).
"Playing for RCA, IPL and CAP (Cricket Association of Pondicherry) 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 of RCA," he said in the letter.
"The journey with RCA has always been memorable and will always remain first priority for me."
"It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson'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," Pankaj, who has taken 472 first-class wickets, 118 List A wickets and 43 T20 scalps further added..
The 36-year-old now runs the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. He has also played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 2008 and 2012, picking up 11 wickets in 20 matches.
He was the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season but transferred to Puducherry the following season. He finished with 45 wickets from eight matches for his new team that year.
After making his ODI debut in 2010, Pankaj had to wait four more years to make his Test bow, which came against England in Southampton in 2014. However, both his Test wickets came in his second and final Test at Old Trafford, removing Joe Root and Jos Buttler.