The left arm spinner for India, Murali Kartik announced his retirement from International Cricket off-late. The 37- year old left arm spinner was associated pre-dominantly with domestic cricket. His international career was short lived but he still managed to impress the fans in such short span of international career.
Murali Kartik’s cricket career is 18 years long and he is about to put a full stop to it. He has represented India in 8 tests, 37 One Day Internationals and in 1 T20 international. He is presently contracted with the IPL 7 runners up, Kings XI Punjab and he has stated that he will be serving the KXIP team in the Champions League to be held later in this year.
Murali Kartik has been one of the key spinners in the Railways line up for quite a few years now. Also, he made a mentionable performance in some IPL seasons. He was a key player for KKR in the third season of IPL. He player for Pune Warriors India from the 4th to 6th season of IPL.
Kartik, ends his international career with 24 Test wickets to his name, including 7 wickets against Australia in the Mumbai Test in 2004 which stands to be his best performance in tests. In the ODIs, Kartik took 37 wickets and of which 6 came against Australia on October, 2007. He played only a single T20 international but was not able to put up a standing performance there and went for 27 runs in his 4 overs and went wicketless.
He was a player who never got a fixed place in the Indian line up and has struggled for a spot in the national team throughout his career. His job was made difficult by the likes of classy spinners like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, who were running through golden patches at the time and thus he did not manage to get into the playing XI. But this man is brave enough. He never gave up and fought back into the squad for a multiple number of times with his incredible performances in the domestic level. But there has not been a single occasion where Kartik has been a fixed member in the Indian squad and struggled to nail his spot in the first 11.
This man had a golden career in the domestic level. He made his first class debut for Railways against Madhya Pradesh in October, 1996. He played a total of 203 first class matches since than and has bagged 644 wickets in his name. His best performance was in the 2000-2001 Irani Cup when he bagged 9 wickets by conceding just 70 runs. He also appeared in 194 List A matches and took 249 wickets there.
This man needs a mention for his batting performances too. He was a lower middle order batsman mostly in his career and was occasionally promoted in the batting order and he also played some handy innings for his team and stood up with vital performances at crucial situations. He scored a total of 4423 runs in his first class career, averaging over 20.
When he was dropped from the Indian squad, he did not shy away from putting in the hard yards and played county seasons for Lancashire, Middlesex, Somerset and Surrey.
He has been one of the unexplored spinning talents for India and lets him all the best for his life ahead.