Veteran left-arm pacer of Karnataka, Sreenath Arvind has decided to call it quits from domestic circuit. The call came after Karnataka won their 3rd Vijay Hazare Trophy title beating Saurashtra in the final at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the capital city.
He was not an express bowler under any stress of imagination but had a huge variety of deliveries up his sleeve. For the last five years, he has been one of the most potent weapons for Karnataka in the domestic circuit. He made his debut in the 2008-09 season of the Ranji Trophy. It was the quarter-final at the Brabourne Stadium against Saurashtra which the latter team eventually won riding on a brilliant ton from Cheteshwar Pujara in the 2nd innings.
“I started my career in 2008, playing the Ranji Trophy against Saurashtra. I started against them and ending on a good note with the Vijay Hazare [title],” he recalled. “I appreciate and thank the KSCA, selectors, my coaches, my parents, god and my friends whoever appreciated and supported me, I thank them all.”
He had a stop-start career. At the start of the new decade in 2011, he established himself as one of the key members of the Karnataka outfit. It was the efforts of the pace bowling trip of Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar and Arvind which helped Karnataka win the 2014 and the 2015 season of Ranji Trophy.
The greatest point in his career came during the 2014-15 Ranji season. He bagged 54 wickets in the season and bowled well for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. It eventually paved his way for a national call-up. He played one game against the Proteas at Dharamsala and ended up bagging a wicket conceding 44 runs.
Arvind has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit in the last three years. The left-arm pacer bagged 19, 30 and 24 wickets in the last three seasons of Ranji Trophy.
“Youngsters are coming up and are in and out. I have just made way so that they can create a career for themselves. They are marching into a good side. I had decided yesterday night. It was a very tough decision. I could continue for another two-three years, that was my fitness level. I just wanted to give a good chance for the youngsters who are upcoming. So I just decided on this,” he added.
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