After 12 seasons in first-class cricket, Abhimanyu Mithun has announced his retirement. Both of his international debuts came in 2010 when the Karnataka bowler took nine wickets in four Tests and five ODIs.

Mithun took 338 wickets at an average of 26.63 in 103 first-class matches. In addition, he appeared in 96 List A games and 74 T20 games, taking 205 wickets in both forms.

Mithun underlined in his announcement that he’s made this decision to pursue other options. In a statement, he stated, “I have represented my country at the highest level and it will always be my highest achievement. I’ll treasure the delight and pride it brought me for the rest of my career.”

“Cricket is a global sport, and I believe in competing at the greatest level possible. As a result, I had no choice but to make this decision and travel the world in search of better prospects for myself and my family. I’m also aware that Karnataka has a plethora of fast bowling talent, and if I continue my career, they would miss out on possibilities at the right moment.”

Mithun, who began his career as a discus thrower, made his Test debut in Galle five months after making his ODI debut against South Africa. He also took seven wickets in 16 IPL matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the BCCI for the significant role they’ve played in my cricket career. Their assistance has been quite beneficial. If it hadn’t been for the Karnataka State Cricket Association, my cricketing career would have never begun. They recognised me, helped me develop as a player, and stood by me through the highs and lows of my career. It has been a privilege to represent Karnataka and win so many awards for my home state. I’ve made lifelong memories and pals. I’d like to thank the KSCA for their unwavering support over the past nearly two decades.”, he continued.