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Sad News Venugopal Rao retires from all forms of cricket
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Former India and Andhra batsman Venugopal Rao has announced his decision to retire from all forms of the game. The 37-year-old played the last of his 16 One-Day Internationals in May 2006, finishing with a solitary half-century - a combative 61 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

It was in the first class circuit that Venugopal made early waves, smashing a career-best 228 not-out against England A thereby helping South Zone overhaul a fourth-innings target of 501 - the fifth highest successful chase in a first class game. That innings at Gurgaon in 2004 against an attack featuring Simon Jones, Sajid Mahmood and James Tredwell put him on the national radar and earned him an ODI debut against Sri Lanka in July 2005.

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