Cricketer Ravi Teja has declared his first-class retirement following playing for 16 years and 3 different states. He initiated his career with Hyderabad and then switched to play for Meghalaya.

He made his debut in 2006 and competed in his last game for Meghalaya earlier this month versus Gujarat at Rajkot. He scored a century in the second innings of the game.

Ravi Teja took to his official Instagram to share the news of his first-class retirement. He played 78 games and scored 4722 runs with an undefeated 204 as his highest. He banged 12 centuries and 22 half-centuries at an average of 41.06. He also participated in 85 List A matches and scored 2942 runs and 89 T20 games with 1618 runs.

He began his post saying, “After having a long and fulfilling career in this wonderful game of cricket, I have decided to retire from First-Class cricket and move ahead in a different direction in my career.”

Teja was a former India U-19 player and he greeted the BCCI for all their support that they poured on him during his career. His 653-run U-19 edition assisted him get an agreement with the Deccan Chargers in the IPL and elevated his career for national selection.

“I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to represent India U-19 and India A teams which have been the highlight of my career and which has been an honour and something I would always be proud of. I am grateful to Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad for all their support. IPL has surely been really a lot of fun, exciting and thrilling. It has been absolutely fantastic to learn from the legends,” Teja appended.

He also thanked his state associations for allowing him to feature them. He represented Hyderabad Andhra and Meghalaya during his career.

“I would like to thank Andhra Cricket Association for welcoming me warmly into the team and I truly enjoyed playing and achieving some great wins and making some of the most precious friendships for life.”

“I feel extremely blessed to have been associated as a professional with a new team – Meghalaya Cricket Association where I had the chance to mentor some young talents with excellent scope in this game and win some of the most exciting games in my career,” Teja ended.

 

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