Kotak calls time on first-class career

Veteran Saurashtra batsman to play one last match in October.

Veteran Saurashtra batsman Shitanshu Kotak will draw the curtain on his two-decade-long first-class career after this year's Ranji Trophy opener (against Rajasthan) late in October.

Kotak, who made his first-class debut in 1992,  was part of the Saurashtra team that reached the Ranji final last season and said retirement had been on his mind since then.

“I didn’t want the team distracted (by my retirement). We had reached the final and I thought it wouldn’t be the proper time (to announce retirement). But it was running in my mind since the last season,” Kotal told Wisden India.

The stubborn batsman, however, will continue to turn out for Bharat Petroleum for another season and also play in England for Kenilworth club.

“Many young players like Aarpit Vasavada and Sheldon Jackson have shown promise. They’ve stepped up and performed when guys like Pujara and Jadeja haven’t been around, so Saurashtra cricket is in safe hands,” he added.

Known for his super-glue ways at the crease, Kotak has played in 129 first-class matches and scored 7996 runs at 41.65, with 15 centuries and 54 half-centuries.

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