Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman Pankaj Dharmani, who captained Punjab for the last five seasons, on Thursday announced retirement from first class cricket. The 37-year-old is the highest run-getter for Punjab.
Starting his career in 1993, he added several feathers to his cap during his glorious career of 18 years. In first class cricket he scored 9,312 at an average of 50.06. He has 26 centuries and 42 half-centuries to his credit with the highest score of 305 not out.
In a World record seventh-wicket partnership with Bhupinder Singh (Jr) he added 460 runs, with an individual contribution of an unbeaten 202 against Delhi in the 1994-95 Ranji Trophy semifinal in Delhi.
Dharmani's first-class aggregate was 7,621 runs at an average of 55.15 with 23 centuries and 31 half- centuries. He figured in one One-Day International against South Africa at Jaipur in 1996. — Special Correspondent