Bangalore, Oct 30: Former captain of Karnataka and Railways batsman Yere Goud announced his retirement from first-class cricket here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday evening. The right-handed batsman, who played for 18 years, was known for his solid batting and long stay at the crease for both Karnataka and Railways.
"I have made this decision (to retire) after fulfilling 18 years of playing passionate cricket. Coming from a humble background from Raichur, I was extremely lucky to get an opportunity to represent my state Karnataka and my employers Railways," the 41-year-old said.
"I look forward to giving my time to KSCA for the development of cricket. It would be a proud privilege to serve Karnataka. I have truly enjoyed playing this great game. I will miss taking guard once again," he added.
Goud played 134 first-class matches and scored 7,650 runs at 45.53 with 16 centuries and 39 fifties. His highest score was 221 not out for Railways against Maharashtra in 2000-01 season. He made his debut against Hyderabad in Bijapur, playing for Karnataka in 1994-95 season.
Known for his brilliant fielding at silly point and forward shortleg, he took 61 catches.
Goud captained Karnataka in 12 games, winning four and losing 2 while five were drawn and one was no result.
"The high point of my career was winning seven premier first class championships, which includes two Ranji Trophy, one Ranji one-day, Three Irani Trophies and one Duleep Trophy," Goud said.
Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary Javagal Srinath called Goud as "Rahul Dravid of Railways."
Paying rich tributes to Goud, Srinath said: "He is Rahul Dravid of Railways. He was always known for his commitment and soft nature. He was a great contributor to the team and had tremendous success in first-class cricket."
KSCA President Anil Kumble, who captained Goud in his debut game in 1994-95 season, said: "He was a fantastic player for Karnataka and Railways. It was unfortunate for Karnataka that we could not utilise his services more. Railways took him away from us."
Kumble offered Goud to render his services to Karnataka cricket as a coach. "We need his services. We welcome him to be a coach for us in Raichur," Kumble said.
Goud thanked his coaches, parents, friends, staff of KSCA, Railways and many others who helped him shape a fine career.