Venugopala Rao calls it a day

Visakhapatnam-based cricketer Y. Venugopala Rao, who played for the India national side and was the captain of the Andhra Pradesh Ranji team, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.

Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) said in a release that the 37-year-old cricketer represented India in 16 One-Day International (ODI) matches and played 65 Indian Premier League matches and represented ACA in all junior tournaments of the BCCI and led the South Zone in BCCI tournaments.

“His consistent performance in domestic cricket in BCCI’s Deodhar Trophy, Challenger Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy paved the way for him to get into the India squad, and he made his debut against Sri Lanka in the first ODI on 30th July 2005,” the press release stated.

Mr. Venugopala Rao was a right-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He was India’s first ‘Super-Sub’ player.


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