S Badrinath announces retirement from all forms of cricket

The former Indian cricketer made his last international appearance in 2011.

S Badrinath
India batsman S Badrinath. (Photo by Santosh Harhare/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Former Indian batsman Subramaniam Badrinath who made his last international appearance in a One-Day International in 2011 has called it time on his professional cricket career. Badrinath retired from all forms of the game with immediate effect on August 31. He hosted a press conference in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) headquarters at the Chepauk in Chennai to make the announcement.

The 38-year-old played 2 Tests, 7 ODIs and one T20I for India but could never seal his spot in the team with the presence of more impactful and attacking cricketers in the ranks. Until last year he was playing List A cricket for Hyderabad as well as the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). In the TNPL he has taken over the role as the coach of Karaikudi Kaalai this season.

“This has certainly not been an easy decision to be honest. I’ve been pondering over it. I’ve mentioned it to Mr. Kasi Viswanathan. Somehow my hand didn’t go into penning the letter over the last year. I don’t know why. But having turned 38 yesterday, I decided it was about the right time,” Badrinath said while interacting with the reporters.

Badrinath in domestic cricket

A proficient batsman in domestic cricket, Badri played 145 first-class matches and scored over 10,000 runs at an average of 54.59 and scored 32 hundreds. In List A In his made 4164 runs after featuring in 144 matches. He also featured for two of the biggest franchises Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

In the IPL he played 95 matches across six seasons and scored 1441 runs which included 11 half centuries at an average of 30 and strike rate of 118 which is at par with the expectations from a batsman of his style.

As far as his domestic teams are concerned, Badrinath made his debut for Tamil Nadu in 2000/01. He was the team’s batting mainstay for 14 seasons until he decided to move bases to Vidarbha in 2014. The right-handed batsman captained Vidarbha briefly and in 2017 made a move to Hyderabad.

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