Ajit Agarkar calls it a day

Mumbai, Oct 16 (IANS) All-rounder Ajit Agarkar, who last represented India in September 2007, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Agarkar represented India in 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four T20 Internationals from 1998 to 2007. He took 288 wickets in ODIs and 58 wickets in Tests. He was a member of the Indian team that won the inaugural ICC World T20, played in South Africa in 2007.

In 1998, Agarkar established a record for taking the fastest fifty wickets in ODIs, completing the tally in only his 23rd game. His best performance in Tests was his match-winning 6-41 against Australia at Adelaide in 2003-04. His finest performance with the bat in Tests was his unbeaten 109 against England at Lord's in 2002. In ODIs, his highest individual score was 95 against the West Indies at Jamshedpur in 2002-03.

He led Mumbai to victory in the 2012-13 edition of the Ranji Trophy.

"Ajit Agarkar served India with distinction for nearly a decade. On behalf of the BCCI, I congratulate him on a fine career, and wish him all the best for the future," BCCI president N. Srinivasan said in a statement Wednesday.

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