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Mumbai loyalist Dhawal Kulkarni set to retire: Report

Mumbai loyalist Dhawal Kulkarni set to retire: Report

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Dhawal Kulkarni was a mainstay in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, contributing significantly to their four championship wins (2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2015-16).

Veteran fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni is all set to bid farewell to cricket after Mumbai’s final Ranji Trophy league match against Assam, according to reports.

This curtain call, reported by Times of India, marks the end of a successful career spanning over 15 years, where he left his mark in domestic cricket, the IPL, and even briefly with the Indian national team.

Dhawal Kulkarni was a mainstay in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, contributing significantly to their four championship wins (2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2015-16).

His performances in the finals were particularly noteworthy, with memorable five-wicket hauls against Saurashtra in 2012-13 and against the same opponent in 2015-16. He finishes his Ranji career with a commendable 281 wickets in 95 matches.

Dhawal Kulkarni: Beyond Red-Ball Cricket

Kulkarni’s prowess wasn’t limited to first-class cricket. He was a vital cog in various IPL franchises, showcasing his skills in 130 List-A and 190 T20 matches, claiming a combined 377 wickets.

Although his stint with the Indian team was brief, he represented the nation in 12 ODIs and 2 T20Is, with his best performance being a four-wicket haul against Sri Lanka.

Mumbai Indians loyal and beyond

While donning the Mumbai Indians jersey for a major part of his IPL career, Kulkarni also plied his trade for Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions.

His 2016 season with Gujarat Lions was particularly successful, where he snagged 18 wickets at an impressive average and economy rate.

A Smooth Curtain Call:

This season might see Kulkarni’s farewell appearances in limited overs domestic cricket as well. Despite playing just three Ranji Trophy matches this season, he has claimed seven wickets and will aim to contribute further in the final league game against Assam.

Dhawal Kulkarni’s retirement marks the end of an era for Mumbai cricket and the IPL. His dedication, skill, and contributions will be remembered by fans and fellow players alike.

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