Abhishek Nayar, the tough Mumbai, confirmed on Monday (August 20) that he would move to Pondicherry for the domestic season 2018-19. The 34-year-old Nayar debuted in 2005 and made a further 99 games at that level, all for Mumbai. A sandy batsman in middle order and a handy medium pacer, Nayar scored 5627 runs and took 164 wickets in his first-class career. He also played 93 List A games and 95 Twenty20s and represented India in three One-Day Internationals.
MUMBAI >>> PUDUCHERRY … thanks everyone who helped me and was part of this beautiful 20 year khadoos cricket, directly from the u14s to 99 first class games .. it has been an honorable time. It is an emotional moment for me, but I leave a happy man behind. The lion will always roar in my 💓.
– abhishek nayar (@ abhisheknayar1) August 20, 2018
One of Mumbais's mothers is waiting for the cricket of Mumbai. I have known this man for a long time and I can honestly say that he is the most selfless man I have met. Returning to the game / players is his strongest point. Good luck with all the exciting things that lie ahead @ abhisheknayar1 pic.twitter.com/v39LdjlSsH – Rohit Sharma (@ ImRo45) August 20, 2018
Pondichery is one of the nine new players in the Tranji trophy of 37 teams this year and Nayar was looking forward to the challenges of being part of a new setup.
"Pondicherry is an exciting set-up for me to be in. It's a brand-new team, they do not have players," Nayar said. ESPNcricinfo. "If I go somewhere, I could make a difference for me, so I do not want to go to a team where I'll take someone's place, or a young person who comes in can not play – but somewhere where I can help people grow into better cricketers, or in an arrangement where ideally there are people who need that help. & # 39;
For the past two years Nayar has become famous as a mentor, his work with Dinesh Karthik has revived the career of the wicketkeeper batsman. Nayar was also appointed mentor to the Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL 2018.
However, Nayar has excluded the possibilities to lead his new party.
"If I do not play for three or four years, it makes no sense to be a captain," he said. "I can help or take care of someone who can lead the team for the next eight-ten years." If I am a leader for only a year, I will damage the long-term planning instead of needing help, so it will certainly lead someone else. but of course I will ensure that I can pass on my advice and experience so that, when I leave, he can bring the team forward. "
Nayar admitted that he & # 39; acid & # 39; was after he was dropped from the Mumbai team prior to what would have been his 100th first-class game, but stressed that it would not affect the memories and bonds he developed with the side over the years.
"Two years later, nobody tells about who you played your 100th game, or where you played," he said. "I'm sure my teammates have the same amount of respect for me, five games or 100 games, whether it was my last match for Mumbai, I'm going, knowing that the relationships I've formed with people there will last."
First print: August 20, 2018, 17:02 IST