Former Hyderabad captain Ravi Teja has announced his retirement from first-class cricket, calling time on his 16 years of career. He took to Instagram to share the news with the fans and followers.
Teja made his Ranji debut for Hyderabad against Maharashtra at Karad in 2006. The 34-year-old scored 84 in the only innings of the match. Teja played his last match for Meghalaya earlier this month against Gujarat in Rajkot and signed off with a brilliant century.
Ravi Teja thanked BCCI for providing him with the opportunity to represent India A and in the U19 age-group category. Taking to Instagram, he wrote:
“After having a long and fulfilling career in this wonderful game of cricket, I have decided to retire from First Class cricket and move ahead in a different direction in my career.”
Ravi Teja added:
“I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to represent India U-19 and India A teams which have been the highlight of my career and which has been an honour and something I would always be proud of. I am grateful to Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad for all their support. IPL has surely been really a lot of fun, exciting and thrilling. It has been absolutely fantastic to learn from the legends.”
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Ravi Teja signs off with 78 First-Class matches under his belt in which he has scored a total of 4722 runs at an average of 41.06. He also has a highest score 204 not out. Teja has 12 centuries and 22 half-centuries. He has also played 85 List A games and scored 2942 runs and 89 T20 matches with 1618 runs under his name.
He has also represented Deccan Chargers (now known as Sunrisers Hyderabad) in the inaugurate edition of the IPL in 2008. Teja played 32 games, scoring 375 runs at an average of 19.7.