10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms
Not all great players get a celebrated farewell tour; some are pushed out in a fashion that isn't befitting of their contributions.
There have been various instances in the recent past where the gentleman’s game has shown its dark side to the world. Every player would always love to script his career in the way he wants, but not always can one escape the wrath of the misfortunes that the game brings.
Ups and downs are part and parcel of the sport but when a legend’s career ends in ignominy, it is always heart-breaking. Every hero in the field has to face a villain in one way or the other, and in cricket the antagonist can be poor form, mental stress or sometimes even external factors such as criticism or even dirty politics.
Here are 10 such instances when a star player had to call it a day, but not on his own terms:
A player who mastered the shorter formats of the game, Symonds was a typical all-rounder of his times with his hard-hitting abilities married with fierce fielding and useful spin/medium pace bowling.
He was an integral part of the mighty Aussie side but sadly he stepped into controversy now and then. His blistering performances were negatively complemented by issues like playing under alcohol influence (2005), the famous Monkey Gate scandal in 2008 and missing a compulsory meeting in 2009.
His Australian days came to an end with another alcohol-related issue popping up prior to the World T20 in 2009. After three years of no international games under his name, he announced his retirement officially in 2012.
To see a dominating all-rounder like Symonds exit on an unfortunate note will always remain an sad memory in many hearts.
‘Very very special’ Laxman’s farewell was not a special one to remember like that of many others’. What came as a major surprise was that he announced his retirement in spite of being selected for the Test series against New Zealand in August 2012.
Speculation arose immediately that the veteran was not treated well by the BCCI, who denied the allegations. Adding fuel to the speculation were questions raised on his form by former cricketers and critics, but the stylish right-hander said that his decision came as a result of listening to his ‘inner voice’.
Laxman, one of the four pillars of the ‘Fab Four’, was not given a chance to represent India in any of the four World Cups that took place during his career. For a special cricketer like him, this unfitting farewell was not what the majority wanted.