Former India and Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun has called time on his cricket career and announced his retirement on October 7, 2021. Mithun enjoyed a rewarding 13-year domestic career with Karnataka, during which he played 103 first-class matches, 96 List-A games, and 74 T20 matches.
He formed a potent bowling combination for Karnataka alongside Vinay Kumar and S. Arvind, who were one of the best in Indian domestic cricket. The 31-year-old also played four Tests and 5 ODI matches for India as well as making his Test debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka and his One-day Internationals debut against South Africa the same year.
“Cricket is a universal game and I believe in finishing at the highest level. So I had to take this decision and seek better opportunities for myself and my family around the world. I am also clear in my mind that Karnataka has abundant fast bowling talent and they would miss out on opportunities at the right time if I prolong my career. It has been my honor to have played for Karnataka and win so many trophies for my state,” Mithun stated in a letter.
Mithun was named in Karnataka’s probables for the upcoming white-ball domestic tournaments.
We Wish Abhimanyu Mithun The Very Best In His Future Endeavours: Karnataka State Cricket Association
But now the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) clarified that Abhimanyu Mithun will be withdrawn from Karnataka’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-over probables lists. The KSCA also wished him well for his future plans.
“We at KSCA respect his decision and would like to place on record his invaluable contribution to the State of Karnataka and the country. His exploits on the field will be etched in the annals of Karnataka’s cricketing history. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors, and are indeed hopeful that he will continue to contribute to Karnataka cricket in various other capacities post his retirement,” the KSCA stated.
On his Test debut at Galle against Sri Lanka in 2010, Mithun picked 4/105 in his first innings, but despite being given a decent run in both formats of the game, he failed to cement his place in the Indian XI. Mithun ends his career with 9 Test and 3 ODI wickets for India. He last wore the India cap in an ODI against West Indies, at Chennai in 2011.
He took 338 wickets in 103 First-Class matches, with 12 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket match hauls. In 96 List A outings, Mithun recorded 136 scalps.