Shitanshu Kotak set to retire from First-Class cricket

Shitanshu Kotak made his debut for Saurashtra in 1992 © Getty Images (Representational Picture)

New Delhi: Oct 18, 2013

Senior Saurashtra batsman Shitanshu Kotak has decided to call time on his two-decade long First-Class career following his side’s Ranji Trophy opener against Rajasthan in Rajkot later this month.

Kotak, who begun his career against Bombay in December 1992, has played 129 matches so far, scoring 7996 runs at an average of 41.64 and 15 hundreds.

Kotak, who will turn 41 on Saturday, said he wanted to retire after Saurashtra reached the Ranji final last season but postponed it in the emotion of the moment.

“I felt the team had done so well to reach the final,” he said. “It was a superb achievement and I did not want to take away from it with talk of my retirement,” Kotak told ESPNcricinfo.

“But now I feel the time has come to make way for someone young. It is a good time to go. There are so many youngsters around to take the team ahead. To have played for so long and not be dropped, I could not have asked for more. I would like to remain associated with the game in whatever manner possible after retirement,” added Kotak, who also took 69 wickets in his career.