I would like to announce my retirement from International cricket with immediate effect. It’s been 16 years since I’ve made my debut for India and I feel that it’s the right time to move on.
I have always kept my country’s success and needs ahead of my personal aspirations. And while I would have loved to contribute to the team’s future series and tours, especially against England and Australia, I think this is the right time to give opportunities to the youngsters as we have a lot of engagements in home conditions. These engagements will definitely help in grooming the youngsters ahead of international assignments next year.
As a youngster, it was a dream to play for India… I am extremely thankful to the Almighty for giving me the opportunity to serve my country and live my dream. Very few get that opportunity and I feel I am blessed. I always felt that through cricket I got an opportunity to serve my country. Therefore, I took a lot of pride in wearing the India cap.
I always tried to give my best to the team while maintaining my dignity. There were times when I did not perform well, I disappointed them but I can assure that it was not due to lack of effort.
I was fortunate to play in an era when India played some of their best cricket, not only at home but also overseas. During this fabulous journey, I met a lot of people who guided me and encouraged me. And without them, this journey wouldn’t have been so memorable. I would take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of them from the bottom of my heart.
I would like to thank my parents — Dr Santharam and Dr Satyabhama … It helped me to face various challenges and situations during the course of my career with equanimity. More importantly they gave me the freedom to pursue my passion, that is to play cricket.
I would like to thank my maternal uncle Baba Krishna Mohan, who actually spotted the talent in me.
My wife G. R. Sailaja has been a pillar of strength to me since our marriage in 2004. She made a lot of sacrifices only to make sure that I pursue my passion of playing cricket for the country with a free mind. She has almost single-handedly looked after my two lovely kids, Sarvajit and Achinta, since I was busy with my cricket commitments most of the time. I would also like to thank my brother VVS Ramakrishna for all the love and affection he showered on me. My childhood buddies — Rajesh and Partha — for the friendship they shared with me.
I would thank my teachers, especially our physical education teacher Jayaprakash Sir, at Little Flower High School, for all the encouragement they gave me early in my life.
My coaches at St John’s Cricket Foundation gave me a lot of support and guidance. My personal coach Ashokbhai spent endless hours with me so that I could hone my skills. I wholeheartedly thank the Hyderabad Cricket Association for recognising my talent and the BCCI for giving me an opportunity to play for my country for almost 16 years.
During the last two years, I spent a lot of time at the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore. During my stay, the physio Ashish Kaushik really worked hard with me so that I could recover from my back problem.
I want to thank the selectors for keeping the faith in me, the captains for inspiring me… Most importantly, all my teammates with whom I played and shared the best moments of my life. I was really fortunate to play with colleagues who took a lot of pride in them and their team’s performance…
And most of them have become legends in due course of time… I will definitely cherish the wonderful moments that I shared with my colleagues.
I conclude in all humility by praying to the Almighty to take Indian cricket to the highest level in the world in all forms of the game. It has been an emotional, fabulous and memorable journey which I will definitely cherish for the rest of my life.