Bangalore: Indian fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 31. In a statement posted to Instagram, the 31-year-old wrote: “Chase other avenues in my career.” Although he mentioned retirement from first-class cricket, he is believed to be retiring from all forms of Indian cricket.
“After serious thought and deliberation, I, Abhimanyu Mithun, have decided to retire from first-class cricket to explore other avenues in my career. In this regard I would like to say as follows: I have represented my country at the highest level. And will always be my biggest achievement. The joy and pride that comes from it will be something I will always cherish,” Mithun said on Thursday.
Mithun made his Test debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka at Galle. In four Tests, the last of which came against West Indies in Barbados in 2011, Mithun took nine wickets with best figures of 4/105. The long right-arm pacer made his ODI debut against South Africa in 2010. In five ODIs, the last of which came against West Indies in Chennai in 2011, Mithun took three wickets.
“I would like to thank BCCI that they have played a big role in my entire cricket journey. Their support has been invaluable. Had it not been for Karnataka State Cricket Association, my cricket journey would not have even started. Shaped as a player and supported me through my ups and downs. It has been my honor to play for Karnataka and win so many trophies for my state. I have made memories and friends for life. I keep on records I have received excellent support from KSCA for almost two decades.”
But it was in the form of a fast bowler from Karnataka where Mithun came into demand. Mithun was a member of Twin Trebles with Karnataka, winning the Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2013/14 and 2014/15. He also featured in 16 IPL matches and took seven wickets representing Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“I would also like to thank Vulture Cricket Club for recognizing me, nurturing me and guiding me through this journey. I would also like to thank the IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the role they played on me. Believed to represent and play for. For them. I would like to thank the members of the media who covered my journey from the very beginning and highlighted my achievements.”
In the 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy final, Mithun took a hat-trick by winning the title on his birthday in Karnataka. A month later, Mithun took five wickets in an over in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy semi-final against Haryana, including a hat-trick with the trophy being won by Karnataka.
“I would like to thank my coaches who have always encouraged my game and trusted me, my selectors who have always believed in me, the support staff who have looked after me, my various coaches and physios who have helped me To be the best and to all my teammates who brought out the best in me.”
Mithun played 103 first-class matches for Karnataka, taking 338 wickets at an average of 26.63. He also appeared in 96 List A matches, playing 136 matches at an average of 28.50. In 74 T20 matches, Mithun took 69 wickets at an average of 28.72.
“Thank you for everything. This wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support and love of my family. Cricket is a universal sport and I believe in finishing at the highest level. So I had to take this decision and look for better opportunities.” Me and my family around the world. I am also clear in my mind that Karnataka has immense talent for fast bowling and if I go ahead with my career they will miss the opportunity at the right time. Thank you,” Mithun concluded. Removed.