Lakshmipathy Balaji retires from first-class cricket

Tamil Nadu seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji has called time on his first-class career, The Hindu reported on Thursday. Balaji, who is currently playing for the TUTI Patriots in the inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League, will continue to play in T20 leagues like IPL and TNPL.

“I have to move on, have a young family now. I have given it all during my 16 years as a first-class cricketer. I will be playing in the shorter forms of the game in competitions such as the TNPL and IPL,” he told The Hindu. “I want to thank the TNCA and all those cricketers and coaches who guided me.”

The 34-year-old, who debuted against New Zealand in 2003, made a mark during India’s tour of Pakistan the following year. He picked up seven wickets in the final Test including that of the legendary Inzamam-ul-Haq to help India win the series 2-1. “It was a late outswinger, Inzamam nicked it and I would never forget that moment. We won the Test and the series, for the first time in Pakistan,” he said.