Recently former Australian skipper Michael Clarke expressed an interest in returning to cricket through the T20 format and also enlisted his name to play in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
However, his comeback didn’t quite go as he would have liked to as the elegant right-hander was dismissed for 6. Despite starting the proceeding with a delightful boundary, Clarke couldn’t quite keep going as he edged a delivery on to his stumps.
Since retiring from international cricket in last August, Clarke returned to cricket in a match for Sydney club side Western Suburbs. The Hong Kong Blitz’s game was his second game and the prolific batsman failed to make a stellar statement on his comeback.
There are other cricketing greats in the history of cricket whose vaunted comebacks didn’t quite go as expected.
Here are five of them.
1) Fred Trueman
One of the best fast bowlers in the history of England cricket, Fred Trueman was the first man to take 300 Test wickets. Bowling in a classical action, Trueman used to terrorise the batsmen in his heydays with his fiery deliveries.
The great pacer retired from first-class cricket in style by winning the championship in 1968 and also securing a treasured victory, as captain, over the Australian tourists.
However, he returned to First-class cricket for Derbyshire in the Sunday League in 1972 at the age of 41. But ‘Fiery Fred’ failed to replicate his yesteryear performances and managed only seven wickets in six matches before calling it quits permanently.