<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shitanshu Kotak set to retire from First-Class cricket" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131018204045.jpg" title="Shitanshu Kotak set to retire from First-Class cricket" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shitanshu Kotak made his debut for Saurashtra in 1992 © Getty Images (Representational Picture)</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Oct 18, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Senior Saurashtra batsman <a href="/tags/Shitanshu-Kotak/post" target="_blank">Shitanshu Kotak</a> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Kotak, who will turn 41 on Saturday, said he wanted to retire after <a href="/tags/Saurashtra/post" target="_blank">Saurashtra</a> reached the Ranji final last season but postponed it in the emotion of the moment.<br /> <br /> "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 <em>ESPNcricinfo</em>.<br /> <br /> "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.