Abhimanyu Mithun, 31, Retires From All Forms Of Cricket
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Abhimanyu Mithun, 31, Retires From All Forms Of Cricket

Abhimanyu Mithun. (Photo: PTI)
Abhimanyu Mithun. (Photo: PTI)

Abhimanyu Mithun, the former India pacer and Karnataka player, announced his retirement on Thursday. Abhimanyu Mithun has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after 12 seasons.

The Karnataka pacer played four Tests (nine wickets) and five ODIs (three wickets), with both his international debuts coming in 2010. Abhimanyu Mithun played 103 first-class matches and bagged 338 wickets at an average of 26.63. He also featured in 96 List A matches and 74 T20 games to pick 205 wickets in the two formats.

Abhimanyu Mithun has retired from cricket at the age of 31-Twitter
Abhimanyu Mithun has retired from cricket at the age of 31-Twitter

Abhimanyu Mithun Played 4 Tests And 5 ODIs In 2010-2011

Abhimanyu Mithun, who started as a discus thrower, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle five months after his ODI debut against South Africa. He also featured in 16 IPL matches, for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Sunrisers Hyderabad to end with seven wickets.

“Cricket is a universal game and I believe in finishing at the highest level. So I had to take this decision and seek better opportunities for myself and my family around the world. I am also clear in my mind that Karnataka has abundant fast bowling talent and they would miss out on opportunities at the right time if I prolong my career,” Mithun stated in a letter.

Abhimanyu Mithun also mentioned he had taken this decision to pursue other avenues.

“I have represented my country at the highest level and will always be my highest achievement. The joy and the pride from it is something I’ll cherish throughout my career,” he said.

“It has been my honor to have played for Karnataka and win so many trophies for my state,” Mithun stated in the letter. He also thanked the IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who he played for.

Abhimanyu Mithun has represented India in four Tests and five ODIs. He picked up four for 105 in the first innings of his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2010 and the last time wore the India cap in an ODI against West Indies at Chennai in 2011.

Abhimanyu Mithun’s Debut Came At The Expense Of S. Sreesanth In Sri Lanka Tour

He took 338 wickets in 103 First-Class matches, with 12 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket match hauls. He also featured in 96 List A matches and 74 T20 games and picked 205 wickets across the two formats. His debut came at the expense of injured S. Sreesanth in the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2010.

Abhimanyu Mithun has played IPL for three teams including RCB (Image Credit: Twitter)
Abhimanyu Mithun has played IPL for three IPL teams, including RCB (Image Credit: Twitter)

His IPL debut came for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009, where he played only one game for the team. In 2010 as well, he played only one match for RCB. In 2011, he got to play 12 games in which he took five wickets at an average of 64.20 and an economy rate of 9.44.

He had a successful first-class and LIST-A career for Karnataka. The 31-year-old played his last Test on the tour of West Indies in June 2011 and played his last ODI in the home series against West Indies in December 2011. He has taken nine wickets in four Tests and three wickets in five ODIs.

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