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After a thirteen-year career which saw him play 99 first-class games for Mumbai and move to Puducherry towards the end, all-rounder Abhishek Nayar announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Wednesday (October 23).

“Yes, I gave a letter to the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) when I was in the West Indies (to help the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League) last month, informing them of my decision to quit the game. I thanked both of them, all my coaches, my teammates, family and friends for all the support they gave me through my thick and thin,” Nayar told TOI on Tuesday.

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Throughout his career for Mumbai, Nayar mentored the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, and Unmukt Chand. Nayar also played three ODIs for India under MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2009.

The 36-year old Nayar played his first Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai in 2005, and represented them 98 times more before he was dropped during the 207-2018 season. He then played for Puducherry in four matches. He has scored 5749 runs in 103 first-class matches with 13 centuries and 32 fifties while taking 173 wickets.

After Nayar announced his retirement, Bollywood actress Nimrat Kaur, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum and others took to Twitter to bid farewell to the Mumbai veteran.

“@abhisheknayar1 massive congratulations to you on your blazing trail ! And here’s to the next chapter !!! Bringggg it onnnn !! 🌪🤗,” Nimrat tweeted .

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“Congrats on everything you have achieved @abhisheknayar1! Onto the next chapter my brother. Delighted to have you alongside us,” McCullum wrote.

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