Ranji Trophy-winning Captain Faiz Fazal Bids Farewell, Announces Retirement from Cricket

Faiz Fazal, renowned as Vidarbha’s two-time Ranji Trophy-winning captain, announces retirement after a distinguished 21-year career. The 38-year-old opener leaves as Vidarbha’s leading run-scorer, expressing gratitude and anticipation for new adventures in an emotional Instagram post.

Opener Faiz Fazal, celebrated as the two-time Ranji Trophy-winning captain of Vidarbha, has declared his retirement from professional cricket following his team’s match against Haryana in the prestigious first-class tournament. During this farewell appearance, he received a respectful guard of honour from all players present on the field.

Faiz Fazal, who led Vidarbha to their maiden Ranji Trophy victory in the 2017-18 season and repeated the feat the following year, was a prolific run-scorer for his team in both campaigns. His international cricket debut for India occurred in the third ODI against Zimbabwe in 2016, where he played a crucial role with an unbeaten 55 in a ten-wicket victory, marking his sole appearance for the national team.

“Tomorrow signifies the culmination of an era as I step onto the Nagpur ground for the final time, where my illustrious first-class cricket journey commenced 21 remarkable years ago. It has been an unforgettable ride, brimming with cherished memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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Representing both the Indian Cricket Team and Vidarbha has been the greatest honour of my life, and wearing those cricket jerseys has always filled me with immense pride. Farewell to my beloved Number 24 jersey – you will be deeply missed.

A heartfelt thank you to all my teammates, coaches, physios, trainers, and a special mention to groundsmen, family, friends, and supporters who have been my pillars of strength throughout this extraordinary journey.

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As one chapter closes, another awaits, and while bidding adieu to my professional cricket career fills me with mixed emotions, I am eagerly looking forward to embracing the new adventures that lie ahead,” expressed Faiz Fazal on his Instagram account.

The 38-year-old will now retire as Vidarbha’s leading run-scorer in both List A (3641 runs in 113 games) and first-class formats (9183 runs in 137 games, including 24 centuries and 39 fifties), in addition to 66 T20 appearances where he amassed 1273 runs. Notably, Fazal was also part of the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2009 to 2011.