Venkatapathi Raju announces retirement

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Former Test spinner Venkatapathi Raju, who is leading the Hyderabad Ranji team in the ongoing match against Uttar Pradesh, today announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathi Raju, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1989-90, played 53 Tests and took 93 wickets with 6 for 12 being his best.

Raju, nicknamed 'Muscles', claimed 63 wickets in the shorter version with 4 for 46 being his best during his six year international cricketing career.

Also called Lachchi by his close friends, Raju is only the second player after Kanwaljit Singh to play 100 first class matches for Hyderabad.

The left-arm spinner has so far played 102 first class matches and claimed 367 wickets. His 100th match against Maharashtra was incidentally the 100th cricket match played at Gymkhana grounds.

Hyderabad has to play two more matches in the season.

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