Former India and Ireland International Bobby Rao has announced his retirement as a player bringing to an end a career spanning 47 years that saw the all-rounder rise to the very top of his sport.
It is a tremendous testament to his fitness and hunger that Rao has kept going until just short of this 59th birthday – however a leg injury sustained in recent months has forced him to call time on a superb innings.
Rao began his club career in India at the ripe old age of 12 and progressed through the ranks very quickly. He made his test debut against the West Indies in 1978 and had the distinction of captaining his beloved Hyderabad to their one and only Ranji Trophy success in 1987.
His love affair with Ireland had began in 1980 as Rao had answered Strabane’s call to join them as overseas professional and he returned for the following six seasons as well, only taking the ’87 summer off after the Indian Championship exertions.