Kolkata: Bengal Ranji Former Captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla announced retirement from Bengal Cricket at a press conference on Wednesday. But he said that he will play in club cricket. The announcement has already depressed cricket fans.
Laksmi had spoken to CAB President Sourav Ganguly earlier about his retirement. He has sent a official mail to CAB. Debang Gandhi has said, “He told me about his decision, I told him to rethink his decision. There is a lot of cricket still left in him. He can play for Bengal.”
Shukla, from the very beginning of his career, has been an active and important member of the squad and has guided the team to many important match wins. Having played 137 first class matches, he has had 6217 runs so far with an average of 35.93. He has nine first lass centuries and thirty seven first class half centuries after his name. He has played 141 List A matches and has scored 2997 runs with an average of 30.27 and has four centuries and thirteen half centuries in that format.