Written byRajdeep Saha
Veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer has announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
The batting stalwart was a true champion in domestic circuit and won numerous titles.
He also represented India in the past.
The decision sees Jaffer drawing curtains on his illustrious career spanning over two decades.
Here is more on the same.
"First of all, I would like to thank The Almighty Allah, who gave me the talent to play this beautiful game. I''d like to also thank my family for encouraging me to pursue the sport as a profession and my wife, who left a cosy life of England to create a lovely home for our children and me," he said in a statement.
Jaffer is the only batsman to have scored 12,000-plus runs in Ranji Trophy (12,038).
The right-handed batsman also tops the list for the highest number of centuries (40).
Jaffer also finds himself in the list for most runs in a season.
He had amassed 1,260 runs for Mumbai in the 2008-09 season.
That's the seventh-most in terms of runs scored in a single season.
Jaffer, who had made his FC debut in 1996-97, emerged as one of the legends of Indian domestic cricket.
His brilliant run in the domestic tournament also earned him a spot in the Indian national squad.
Jaffer went on to feature in 31 Tests and two ODIs for India.
He last played a match for India in 2008 against South Africa.
"A special thanks to all my coaches, right from my school days to professional cricket, for helping me polish my skills. A heartfelt thanks to the selectors who showed faith in me," added Jaffer, who is the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy.
Batsman Wasim Jaffar announces retirement from all forms of cricket, says 'My father wanted one of his sons to represent India and I feel proud to have fulfilled his dream.' pic.twitter.com/8vQ7qe9qkw— ANI (@ANI) March 7, 2020
After 25 years of playing professional cricket, time has come to say goodbye. Thank you @BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc, VCA, my teammates, media and fans. This is my official statement. pic.twitter.com/xP3wL4u70s— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 7, 2020
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