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Cricket players who retired too soon

By: Eastern Eye Staff

They may have achieved cult status, and fans depend on them carry their nations to victory. However, some of these cricket heroes have been forced into retirement in one way or another. Whether it is because of injury or endless controversies such as Shane Warne as described in this online casino article, they left fans and countrymen of what could have been had they held up much longer. However, they are still remembered in the cricket world and revered as some of the cricketers that have taken to the pitch.

AB de Villiers

As appalling as it may seem, De Villiers shocked the cricket world after announcing he was quitting the game in 2018 because he was tired and lacked the motivation to carry on. He retired at a time when he was on top of his game. Speculation was rife that the South African captain was affected by the 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand. He quit at a time when his country was preparing for the 2019 World Cup, and many blame him for the poor showing of the team during that tournament.

Kumar Sangakkara

The Sri Lankan is regarded as the greatest batsman from his country. Sangakkara had helped his country win the 2014 T20 World by beating India. He would go on to record 4 consecutive centuries during the 2015 World Cup. However, they lost in the quarter-finals, and he decided it was time to quit. Since his retirement, cricket in the country went on a steep decline.

Glenn McGrath

The Australian wicket-taker retired from cricket after helping his country clinch the 2007 World Cup. He was named Player of the Tournament after leading with 26 scalps. He was also named in the ICC World ODI XI that year. Although he suffered some injuries prior to his retirement, this did not affect his game, and he could have held for a few more had he wanted to.

Brendon McCullum

He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen from New Zealand. He retired from the beautiful game in 2016 after guiding his side to the finals of the 2015 World Cup where they lost to Australia.

Sourav Ganguly

Although not under his terms, Ganguly is one of few Indian players to have retired at their prime. Nicknamed ‘Dada” or the ‘Prince of Kolkata,’ he played his last ODI at the 2007 World Cup. He was named in the ICC Test XI during that year after achieving 3 centuries and scoring 4 fifties. However, the disastrous tenure of Greg Chappell seems to have forced Ganguly from the national side.

Shane Warne

The Australian Star spinner retired from international cricket aged at just 37 in 2007, with many believing his best years were still ahead. He managed 23 wickets in his last Ashes series where he captained his country to a 5-0 victory over England. His reason for retiring was so that he could concentrate more time in pursuing other interests outside cricket. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013.

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