Karnataka stumper Thilak Naidu to retire

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Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 0:04 [IST]
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Karnataka stumper Thilak Naidu to retire

Bangalore, Aug 27: Karnataka's wicketkeeper VS Thilak Naidu will retire from first class cricket by making a formal announcement on August 29, Wednesday at his home ground, M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Also read: Naidu's interview to ThatsCricket in 2003

The right-hander, who made his debut for Karnataka in 1998/99 season, has so far played 93 first class games for the state team.

A media release from Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Monday said Naidu will address the media to make a formal announcement about his plans to quit.

The 34-year-old has not been part of the team since 2009. His last first class game was against Delhi in November 2009.

In 93 first class matches, he scored 4,386 runs with eight hundreds and 24 fifties. He took 220 catches and effected 17 stumpings.

His highest score was 167 not out and averaged 34.80. He also played 53 One Day games scoring 1,108 runs with seven half centuries. He took 59 catches and had 14 stumpings.

Naidu was known for his gutsy strokeplay lower down the order for Karnataka. He was effective behind the stumps but in recent times lost to younger players with KSCA selectors going for youth over experience.

In 2003, his batting impressed the BCCI selectors and was part of the Indian camp held in Bangalore. He also played in NKP Salve Challenger Series which involved India Seniors, India 'A' and India 'B'. Naidu was the wicketkeeper of India 'B' team captained by Rahul Dravid.

"Parthiv (Patel), Thilak (Naidu) and Ajay (Ratra) are very good and talented. It is a question of picking one and the chosen one making his contribution," Dravid had said then.

"Parthiv is India's number one wicketkeeper, Dravid said and added, one must not forget that Ajay Ratra to his credit has scored a century in Test cricket and that Thilak has consistently been amongst the runs in the domestic season."

Now, the same Challenger Series which acts as one of the selection tournaments for Indian team has a new look with teams named as India Blue, India Red and India Green.

Naidu played for Bangalore Provident in the Karnataka Premier League Twenty20 tournament.


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Story first published:  Monday, August 27, 2012, 16:21 [IST]
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