Former India seamer Sudeep Tyagi quits cricket, may feature in LPL

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By Khurram Habib

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Former India fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi has announced retirement from first-class cricket and is likely to ink a contract with Lanka Premier League (LPL) for the island league’s inaugural season.

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The 33-year-old Tyagi, who represented India in four One-day Internationals and one T20 International in 2009 and 2010, had represented Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad in first-class cricket. He played 41 first-class games and picked 109 wickets during his 10-year career that was beset by injuries to shoulder and ankle. He last played a first-class match in 2017.

“LPL is in the pipeline, but it is not confirmed yet,” Tyagi, who took to cricket at the age of 17, told IANS.

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“I am grateful to have played at the highest level, representing India and feel very proud of it. A lot of people helped me during my journey. I need to thank my first Ranji Trophy captain Mohammed Kaif, who motivated me a lot. I also need to thank Suresh Raina. He also came from Ghaziabad like me and I started playing cricket after seeing him play,” he said. “Also thanks to Dhoni, under whom I played my international cricket. He gave me a lot of confidence.”

Tyagi felt that injuries affected his career.

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“I suffered back-to-back injuries and that kept me out for 2.5-3 years. First I had a shoulder injury, then ankle and back too. My career was going well but then I suffered the injuries. Though injury is part and parcel of the game and we can’t blame it, but I feel if I had not been injured, I could have played more. In India, competition is so stiff that injuries can set you back and I suffered back-to-back ones, so I lost a few years there,” he added.

“But I don’t have any regrets though sometimes I do feel I could have played more,” added Tyagi who has been keeping himself cricket-fit in Hyderabad, where he lives now.

“It is something that has become a routine, having played for so many years. I have been practising. I was practising for 2-3 days a week at nets.”

If he joins LPL, he could be the fourth Indian after Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and Manpreet Gony to sign an LPL contract.

–IANS

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