A discus thrower at his teen age who used to practice at his father’s gym was Abhimanyu Mithun. He had completed the state level in discus before switching his path to cricket at a young age of 17. His first class debut match for Karnataka was in 2008 when he picked up all 11 wickets that include a hat-trick. In 2009-10, Mithun became the highest wicket taker in the Ranji trophy. He played his debut ODI match in 2010 as a replacement for the injured S.Sreesanth on a tour to Sri Lanka.
In 2009, he played his debut match in IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the 2010 IPL, he was featured in only one game. In 2011, he was able to play 12 matches and picked up 5 wickets. On Thursday, the Karnataka pacer declared his retirement in all forms of cricket through Instagram.
“After serious thought and contemplation, I, Abhimanyu Mithun, have decided to retire from first-class cricket in order to pursue other avenues in my career. In this regard I would like to state as follows: I have represented my country at the highest level and will always be my biggest achievement. The joy and pride from it will be something I will cherish forever,” Mithun said on Thursday.
On the tour to the West Indies in June 2011, Abhimanyu played his last Test series and this 31-year old played his last ODI series against the same West Indies in December 2011. In four Test matches he has picked up 9 wickets and 3 wickets in 5 ODI matches.
“I would like to thank the BCCI for the massive role they have played throughout my cricketing journey. Their support has been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not have been started if it wasn’t for the Karnataka State Cricket Association. They identified me, shaped me as a player and supported me through my highs and lows. It has been my honor to have played for Karnataka and win so many trophies for my state. I have made memories and friends for life. I would like to place on record the excellent support I received from the KSCA for almost two decades.”
In his career, he played as a successful first class and squad A player for the Karnataka team. In his quest, he has scalped 211 wickets in 61 first class games and 97 wickets in 67 list-A games.