New Delhi, February 26: Veteran Karnataka medium pacer R Vinay Kumar, who also represented India and led his state team to successive Ranji Trophy titles, on Friday announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. In a statement, the 37-year-old seasoned campaigner said he has been lucky to play alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli in his career.

“Today ‘Davangere Express’ after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at a station called ‘Retirement’. With a lot of mixed emotions, I, Vinay Kumar R, hereby announce my retirement from international and first class cricket,” he said in the statement.

“It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day,” he added in the statement posted on Twitter. Kumar played one Test, 31 ODIs and 9 T 20 Internationals for India. PTI

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