ANANTAPUR: K S Shahabuddin, the highest wicket taker for Andhra Cricket Association in Ranji Trophy matches bid adieu to cricket on Friday. Altogether, he has bagged 360 wickets, including two 10-wicket hauls and 10 five-wicket hauls.
Besides playing for Andhra team for 18 years, Shahabuddin, a native of Kadiri town in Anantapur district, has also played several county matches in England. He also represented Mumbai Indians in the IPL in 2010 and also played ICL for three years.
Speaking to Express, he said that he took the decision to retire to give way to the youngsters. ``I have played enough cricket and thought this to be the right time to call it a day,” he said.
Stating that he was happy for his two decade long association with the game, he said he never regretted not getting selected to play for India. ``Of course, like all the cricketers, I, too, aspired to represent the nation. But, I could not make it,” he said.
Shahabuddin was felicitated on Friday at Anantapur. Team India selector MSK Prasad and other eminent persons, who attended the felicitation, lauded his contribution to the game.