The Hindu (Mumbai)

Mumbai’s Dhawal Kulkarni to retire at the end of the season

- Shayan Acharya

Dhawal Kulkarni, one of the stalwarts of Mumbai cricket, will hang up his boots at the end of the Ranji Trophy season.

The 35yearold, who went on to play 12 ODIs and a couple of T20Is for India between 2014 and 2016, was part of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophywinn­ing team in 200809, 200910, 201213 and 201516 seasons.

Handy experience

In the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy, Kulkarni featured in three games and claimed seven wickets, and as Mumbai gears up for the knockout stage, the selectors and team management believe that his experience will come in handy.

“The MCA, the selectors and the coaches requested me to stay back with Mumbai till the end of the season. Once the knockout phase is over, I will retire…” Kulkarni said on Saturday.

“My experience as a senior player might help the team during the knockouts, which is the most important phase of the tournament.

“As and when I will be required to play, I will play and will retire after the last game…”

Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane said, “We have been room partners since U19 days.

“His contributi­on to Mumbai cricket has been fantastic and he has been a role model for the fast bowlers. There are so many things to learn from Dhawal.”

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 ?? FILE PHOTO: R. RAGU ?? Dhawal Kulkarni.
FILE PHOTO: R. RAGU Dhawal Kulkarni.

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