Somasunder retires from first class cricket

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former-Karnataka Ranji skipper Sujith B Somasunder on Wednesday announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Announcing this at a press conference here, he said ''Motivation and competition were not the same when I started my cricket career in 1990-91 and this forced me to call it quits.''

''Cricket helped me develop my personality, I learnt a lot from cricket during my 20 years stint. I have now joined the corporate sector and want to devote more time to my new job,'' he told a reporter.

Sujith was responsible for several of Karnataka's Ranji Trophy match wins in the 1990s and he had played in two international one-dayers after making his debut against South Africa in Hyderabad in 1996-97. However, his last ODI was in Bangalore in the same series.

To a question, he said ''I certainly want to give back whatever I have earned during my career as a cricketer. I am ready to take up coaching so that upcoming players did not commit the same mistake I committed on field.''

Ace leggie Anil Kumble, recalling his playing days with Sujith, said though he (Sujith) had talent, luck did not favour him. Team India Skipper Rahul Dravid and Sujith made their debut in the same match, but Sujith was not lucky. However, Sujith's contribution to Karnataka in Ranji was great.

Rahul, who was also present, said it was a bitter-sweet moment when one announced retirement. It was bitter because after playing for 20 years, one had to give up and it was a good moment to recollect good days of playing cricket.

Former opener Sujith had amassed 5,525 runs, with his top score being 222 against Goa in Ranji matches. Sujith had played in Ranji for Saurashtra and Kerala too.


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