Ramesh Powar to retire from competitive cricket

The for India and Mumbai off-spinner is currently playing for Gujarat in the ongoing Ranji season, and will hang up his boots at the end of the tournament.

Ramesh Powar took 470 first-class wickets in his career that spanned 15 years.   -  PTI

Ramesh Powar, the former India and Mumbai off-spinner, has announced his retirement from competitive cricket following the culmination of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. He played 31 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests from 2004 and 2007, and represented Mumbai for 14 seasons before moving to Rajasthan, and later Gujarat.

"There has got to be some motivation. If you aren't going to get picked for India, you can't just keep on playing. So I just thought I'll rather play cricket on my own terms,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Besides being a spinner he also featured as a lower-order pinch hitter, in the matches he played for India. He took 34 wickets in ODIs, and the only half-century he scored in the format was in April, 2006, against England, when he made 54 at No. 7 in Jamshedpur.

More of Powar's impact, however, was felt in the domestic circuit. He has 470 wickets in 146 first-class games in a career spanning more than 15 years. He made his debut for Mumbai against Rajasthan in the 1999-2000 season at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. If Gujarat fail to progress to the knockout rounds of the ongoing season, he will likely end his career in Mumbai as well, as his team is slated to play in the city in the last league match, in December.

Powar said he looked forward to playing in the Masters Champions League in January next year. "Luckily, there is the Masters League in January. Some of my old buddies are playing so I might enjoy that and have some fun. I'll play out this whole season for Gujarat though. The last league game ends on December 4. If we make the knockouts (which will commence in February next year), I'll speak to people and take a call."