42-year-old senior batsman Wasim Jaffer has called time on his cricketing career. Jaffer made his international debut in 2000 and went on to play 31 Tests and 2 ODIs for India. The right-handed opener composed 1,994 runs at an average of 34.10 that included five centuries and 11 fifties. His last outing in competitive cricket was for Vidarbha where he compiled a brilliant innings of 57 runs against Kerala at Nagpur.
“My gratitude to all the captains I played under and all my colleagues from whom I learnt so much about the game and shared some lifelong memories. I would also like to thank all the support staff who were a constant pillar of support in my long journey,” said Jaffer in his statement as quoted by Scroll.in
“Thank you to the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent them,” he added.
“I am honoured to have shared the dressing room with the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and MS Dhoni to name a few,” expressed Jaffer.
“After all these years in cricket, it is time to move on. But just like the red ball format which is very dear to me, it’s the end of only the first innings. I am looking forward to the second innings in any capacity, be it in coaching, commentary etc,” concluded Jaffer.