Veteran Tamil Nadu cricketer Subramaniam Badrinath, who is currently commenting in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, has said that he will be announcing his retirement from first-class cricket after the completion of this IPL season.
Last year, Badrinath, who had taken a break from the game without making any announcement concerning the retirement, will make an official announcement after the end of the IPL 2018 this month.
As per reports in TNN, the sources said that Subramaniam has “lost the motivation to carry on” which is the reason of Badrinath’s sudden call on his career over a decade-and-half.
The right-hander, who made his First-class debut for Tamil Nadu in 2000 and played 14 seasons for the home side, has also played for other two states from 2014-17 –for Vidarbha from 2014-16, and Hyderabad in 2016-17. However, the 37-year-old cricketer’s most flourishing time was with Tamil Nadu and even he also got the India call due to his brilliant domestic display with the home side.
However, Badrinath played two Tests, seven One Day Internationals and one T20I for India, but he will always be remembered as a domestic giant, amassed 10245 runs under his belt with 32 hundreds and 45 fifties from 145 first-class matches at an impressive average of 54.49.
It is also being said that the cricketer wants to spend more time with his wife and kids, and that’s why he will not take up coaching roles which take more time.
The source signed off by saying, “In the months that he was away from the game, he didn’t particularly miss it as a player. He kept himself busy with television commitments and seems to be enjoying his new innings as a commentator. Badrinath is clear that he will only take up assignments which won’t keep him away from family for long.”
He also played for Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.