Former Jammu and Kashmir captain Ian Dev Singh on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, marking an end to a decade-long career.
Thr 34-year-old batter represented J&K in First Class (Ranji Trophy), List A (Vijay Hazare Trophy) and T20 (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) and also has the distinction of representing North Zone team in the prestigious Duleep Trophy.
Ian finished with playing the highest number of First Class matches (93) for Jammu and Kashmir/Sri Lankan club, scoring the highest number of runs (5558), slamming the highest number of centuries (17) and the highest number of fifties (24), besides serving as a skipper for some time as well.
Ian has scored 5558 runs in 93 matches of First Class Cricket with an average of around 38 runs and a highest score of 170 runs, besides scoring 1627 runs in 72 matches of List A Cricket with an average of around 25 runs and a highest score of 112 runs and 876 runs in 48 matches of T20 Cricket with an average of around 20 runs and a highest score of unbeaten 75 runs.
Ian is also the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir who has represented India in U-19 Commonwealth Cricket held in India in the year 2005, with South Africa, West Indies, Bengladesh and Sri Lanka being the other participating countries along with India.
“Would like to thank BCCI and JKCA in providing me opportunities to play at the highest level. Taking this opportunity I convey my sincere gratitude to all my coaches, mentors, teammates and the support staff. Special thanks to Rajan Sir and Apoorva Desai Sir in shaping my game. Thank you Dad for always supporting me when no one did. Thank you!” Ian said in his retirement statement.