Discarded India batsman Venugopal Rao, who represented Andhra Pradesh cricket team in the Ranji Trophy set-up, has announced retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 37. The right-handed batsman had represented India between 2005 and 2006. He had featured in 16 ODIs to amass 218 runs at an average of 24.2. In 11 innings, Rao has managed to score a solitary half-century.
The former skipper for Andhra in the first-class set-up had played a pivotal role for the state-side before making up his mind for the retirement.
Also, Rao had featured in 65 IPL matches. Overall, since 2007 he had played 83 T20 games. In 71 innings, Rao had amassed 1390 runs at an average of 23.6. The stylish batsman had managed seven fifties to his name.
In 54 IPL innings, Rao had accumulated 985 runs with his highest of 71. His average read as 22.39 with strike-rate of 117.82. Overall, Rao had recorded three half-centuries in his IPL career.
Rao had represented the then Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals), apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the lucrative T20 league.
Since 2008 and 2010, Rao had played for now-defunct Deccan Chargers (DC).
At 16, Rao had made his first-class debut in 1998-99. The middle-order batsman had played a major role for his team apart from part-time bowling off-spin.
Over the years, Rao during his tenure had also backed youngsters. He further learned the niceties of the game from his seniors, furthermore, after being overlooked from the national team. Rao had done exceedingly well in the domestic set-up.
In the first-class leg, Rao had featured in 121 games in which he had garnered 7081 runs at an average of 40.9. Besides, in the white-ball cricket for the 50-over format, Rao managed to score 4110 runs in 137 List A fixtures.
The prominent cricketer Rao had slammed 17 hundred in the multi-day format. Also, he had managed 11 tons in the day-long domestic competition.