Tamil Nadu batsman Subramaniam Badrinath on Friday (August 31) called time on his professional cricket career.
Badrinath, who represented India in two Tests, seven ODIs and a solitary T20I game, said he took this decision after a lot of contemplation on his part.
“I want to spend more time with my family, that is my priority now. It played a huge role in me taking this decision. My motivational levels had also come down a bit in the past few years.Fitness was never an issue for me. But I have been pondering over (retirement) it for the past one year,” Badrinath quoted as saying by PTI.
Just announced my retirement from all forms of cricket, Even though I have not been playing much over the last 2 years, it has been One of the harder things I have done in my life ... decided to pen it down yesterday.. on my 38th birthday .— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 31, 2018
I want to thank @TNCACricket @BCCI all the players, support staff, who I have shared the dressing room with over the years, family and friends who have been with me through highs and lows over the years with out whom this wouldn’t have been possible. ????????.— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 31, 2018
He aggregated 10,245 first-class runs from 145 games at an average of 54.49, including 32 centuries. The 38-year-old also confessed that it was his dream to help Tamil Nadu win the Ranji Trophy but it didn't happen.
"Whenever I played for Tamil Nadu, I wore my heart on my sleeve. I did whatever I could do to win a match for my team. It was a dream to lift the trophy," Badrinath remarked.
When asked about the Ranji Trophy final in 2004 against Mumbai, Badrinath said it was the best chance for Tamil Nadu to clinch the Ranji title but they could not seize big moments.
“That was perhaps our best chance because we were playing at Chepauk and we won the toss as well. The odds were on our side. When you play against a side like Mumbai, you will have to bat them out. We could have definitely done better in the first innings as a batting unit,” he said.
“Once you bat first (at Chepauk), it is important to make it count. We had to seize those crucial moments but unfortunately, we couldnt,” Badrinath added.
He mentioned the 2010-11 domestic season among his best.
"I was really batting at my best during the 2010-11 season. To be honest, I knew I would get a hundred even before I stepped on to the field on some occasions," he said.
When enquired if he would like to play a role of state's coaching staff in future, Badrinath asserted: "As of now, I don’t know. In the recent future, it will definitely be difficult because I am a commentator now. That keeps me busy. But I am not ruling out anything."
The former Indian batsman said he is pleased with what he had accomplished in his career.
"I am happy with what I have achieved. People thought I would never even play T20 cricket. But I went on to play over 100 games for Chennai Super Kings. I got to play the format for India too, which I had never dreamt of," Badrinath concluded.
(With PTI inputs)