Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi to retire

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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 9:44 [IST]
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Left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi to retire

Bangalore, Jun 19: Former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi will announce his retirement from international and first class cricket on June 21, Thursday, an official press release from Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) said here on Monday night.

"Sri Sunil Joshi, Former Indian Cricketer, will announce his retirement from International and First Class Cricket on Thursday, the 21st June 2012 at the KSCA's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium," the KSCA release stated.

Joshi, who played for Karnataka and went on to represent India, is now the coach of Hyderabad Ranji Trophy team. He accepted the offer to coach the team last year and took them to the quarter-finals.

Joshi, who turned 42 on June 6, played 15 Tests for India and took 41 wickets. His best Test bowling was 5/142. He also played 69 ODIs, taking 69 wickets. In first class matches, he had 615 scalps from 160 matches. His last game for Karnataka was against Baroda in January 2011.

One of the main bowlers for Karnataka, Joshi, also captained the state team. He was also known for his batting skills down the order. He has scored 5,129 first class runs with four hundreds and 26 fifties.

Joshi, who hails from Gadag, also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

He made his first class debut in the 1992-93 season and won India Test cap in 1996 against England in Birmingham. The same year he made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Colombo.

Joshi's last Test match appearance was against Zimbabwe in Nagpur in 2000. His final ODI was versus Australia in Pune in 2000.

South Africans will remember Joshi as the left-arm had them in knots with his fine spin bowling in a ODI where he took five wickets for just six runs in his 10-over spell. He also had an astonishing six maidens during that game. His match figures read 10-6-6-5.


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