12th October 2017

 

Talented and prominent Cricketer Rakesh Dhruv retires from all formats  of  Cricket.

 

Slow Left-arm Orthodox spinner, Rakesh Dhruv has submitted letter of retirement to the Board of Control for Cricket in India – BCCI after remarkable span of 24 Cricketing years. Rakesh started his career in 1994 playing in Under 16 for Jamnagar District. For 18 years he played first class Cricket. Major teams he played for are Saurashtra, Gujarat, Vidarbha, India A, India Blue etc.

 

He has played 95 first class matches, capturing 271 wickets with 1 ten wickets haul and 11 five wickets hauls. His average has been impressive at 29.58. He has also been quite well with bat too. In 95 matches he played, he has scored 2974 runs with one century and 14 fifties.

 

Rakesh has played 61 Ranji Trophy matches for Saurashtra, capturing 151 wickets with 5 five wickets hauls.

 

Rakesh has also played 51 List A matches capturing 48 wickets. He has played 22 T20 Domestic matches taking 19 wickets.

 

Rakesh Dhruv’s debut in first class cricket was in 1999 when he was selected in Ranji Trophy team of Saurashtra. He played for Saurashtra till 2010-11.

 

Rakesh is one of those few bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in Ranji Trophy. Rakesh took hat-trick while playing for Gujarat against Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy 2012-13.

 

His impressive bowling was rewarded by the national selectors who drafted him into the India A squad for the three-day match against the touring Australian team in February 2013. He picked up 5/31 in the first innings and 1/37 in the second innings, taking wickets of regular Test batsmen such as Shane Watson and Ed Cowan

 

Rakesh was born in 1981 at Jamnagar from where some of the legendary cricketers like Jam Ranji, Dulipsinh, Vinoo Mankad, Salim Durani have hailed. Rakesh’s contribution to the world of Cricket is indeed remarkable.