Veteran batsman S Badrinath, who led Hyderabad last season, has decided “not to play” the upcoming first-class season. However, he clearly mentioned that he “isn’t announcing” retirement at the moment.
“I did get some offers. But I haven’t taken it up as of now. I don’t think I will be playing the domestic season this year. I’m going to play TNPL. I’m taking one thing at a time. But I’m not announcing retirement. I will decide a bit later,” Badrinath, who made his first-class debut in 2000-2001, said on Monday (July 17).
Badrinath, who will be leading Karaikudi Kaalai this Tamil Nadu Premier League, stated that his decision to not play first-class was as a result of a combination of factors. “I have a young family. I haven’t had any break since my debut in first-class season. I have been playing as a professional for the last three years which meant a lot of travelling. And last year I completed 10,000 runs,” he said.
“At this stage of my career, I know I don’t have a chance to play international cricket again. I also had a tennis elbow injury last year and took steroid injection to complete the season. I have all these in mind.”
Shifting focus to the TNPL, Badrinath said his team has all bases covered heading into the tournament. “The guys are looking confident. Many of our guys are in good form and they have been doing well in the first division. Last year, we missed out on the top four by run-ra te margin. It’s a short tournament.The important thing is to start well and keep the momentum going.That will be key,” he said.