MUMBAI: Tanmay Srivastava, who top-scored for the India under-19 team which emerged triumphant in the 2008 Colts World Cup in Malaysia under Virat Kohli‘s captaincy, retired on Saturday at the age of 30.
A left-handed opener, Srivastava had scored 262 runs in six games @52.40 in that tournament. In the final at Kuala Lumpur, he scored 46 – the highest score by any batsman on either side – as India edged out South Africa by 12 runs by the D/L method in a low-scoring game. He then played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, and became the leading run-getter for Uttar Pradesh in the 2008-09 first-class season. Last season, he replaced Unmukt Chand as the captain of the Uttarakhand team. In 90 first-class games, Srivastava scored 4918 runs at an average of 34.39, with 10 hundreds and 27 fifties. In List A cricket, he scored 1728 runs in 44 [email protected]
, with seven hundreds and 10 fifties.
“It’s time to bid adieu to my cricketing playing career! I’ve built memories, made friends, achieved the best I could in these years playing Junior Cricket, Ranji Trophy and most importantly being a good performer in U-19 World Cup,2008 and bringing the cup home with the team!!,” Srivastava tweeted on Saturday.
In a detailed statement that he tweeted, Srivastava said: “I have decided to hang my boots and call it a day as I announce my retirement from all formats of domestic cricket. From now on, I will only play for my company ONGC. Cricket has given me all that I am today. It has given me life’s greatest lessons and some amazing mentors, coaches, teammates and friends.
“I have had some very good memories on and off the field. As a child, when my father took me to the stadium, many a times I was injured and couldn’t play. He always told me that there will be many moments like these in life when you will face a fall. They must not make you weak but motivate you to come back stronger.
“I was an 11-year-old when I joined the Green Park cricket hostel to focus on cricket, which was my only passion. At 13, I represented India under-15 and it was a dream come true when I wore the India jersey. Year 2008 was all about winning the U-19 World Cup, and memories about holding the national flag proudly still makes me go weak in my knees. I consider myself lucky to have played alongside and shared the dressing room with the greats of Indian and international cricket and I’m humbled at how, even today most of them are just a call away, sharing their experiences to help me learn.
“UPCA has been my second home and I am very thankful to them for all the support they have given me over the last 18 years and are still continuing to do so. Sh Rajiv Shukla ji has been a constant source of blessings and support for all these years. I also want to extend my thanks to the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) for giving me the opportunity to represent the state in the last season.
“I would like to thank all the selectors, coaches, physios, trainers, management and support staff that have been a part of my cricket journey. A heartfelt gratitude to all my friends for believing in me when I was at my lowest. A special thanks to Paras Anand (of SG) for believing in me and truly standing by its motto of ‘believe, become’ and for supporting me with the best equipment throughout my career, irrespective of my ups and downs.
“Throughout my career, my mom and dad have been my pillars of support and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. A special thanks to my family, extended family and friends who are family, for always being there for me. Last, but not the least, a warm thank you to my wife Reetika, who has not only supported me through thick and thin, but also given me the most blunt but right comments and advice that no one else could have.”