Shreevats Goswami and Iqbal Abdullah retire from first-class cricket


India U19 and now former domestic cricket players, Shreevats Goswami and Iqbal Abdullah have decided to call time on their cricketing career.

Both these players were also former U19 teammates of star batter, Virat Kohli.

While Kohli is enjoying his success even after 15 years of international cricket, the same cannot be said for Goswami and Abdullah.

Meanwhile, both these players were key parts of India’s triumphant U19 World Cup back in 2008 but didn’t get further than the IPL.

Therefore, both of them continued to play domestic cricket and made a few appearances for different IPL franchises over the years.

Let’s take a look at how both Goswami and Abdullah announced their retirement from domestic cricket.

Shreevats Goswami’s retirement announcement

Shreevats Goswami is now a former Bengal wicketkeeper and played for his home side Bengal and then for Mizoram.

Meanwhile, Goswami has played for various IPL sides such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Moreover, he has also been awarded the Best Emerging Player during the 2008 inaugural IPL season.

Says a statement from Shreevats,

Announcing my retirement from first class cricket. It has been an incredible journey on the cricket field, and it feels like the right time to call it off. It has been an honour and privilege to play this beautiful game for as long as I did, as well as represent various teams and IPL franchises.

Iqbal Abdullah’s retirement statement

On the other hand, left-arm spinner, Iqbal Abdullah has announced his retirement from domestic cricket today.

While Goswami announced it yesterday, Abdullah followed suit and made the announcement today.

He has been a former Mumbai domestic player and also played some games for different IPL franchises during his career.

Moreover, he kept chasing the Indian dream for a long time but without any apparent success.

Says a statement from Abdullah,

With heavy heart, time has come to say goodbye to this competitive game which gave me great recognition, exposure and made me who I am today.

Talking about Abdullah’s domestic career, he represented Mumbai thrice in the Ranji Trophy and won the tournament as well.

Meanwhile, he has played for IPL sides such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals.

Furthermore, he was also a prolific bowler in the U19 squad in 2008 where he picked up 13 wickets.

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