6 cricketers who retired earlier than expected
Cricket has given us many legends over the years which we, as fans, have cherished. Fans born in the 80s and 90s had the pleasure of watching this great sport evolve over the years. We have witnessed memorable moments that have shocked and saddened us, and we have witnessed great moments.
One of the hard things as a fan is to watch one of your favorite cricketers hang up their boots for good and bid farewell to the game. We all shed a tear when Sachin Tendulkar retired although we knew it was time.
However, there have been some players who still had a few good years left in them. Instead, they decided to call it quits on their great career. Some of these decisions were due to career-threatening injuries while some were due to natural progression.
In this segment, we will take a look at six cricketers who retired from the sport a lot earlier than expected.
#6 Michael Clarke
If you were to create of list of greatest cricketers of all-time, Michael Clarke would definitely feature in that list. Clarke who made his international debut against England in 2003 went on to become one of Australia’s most prolific batsman across both formats accumulating multiple records along the way.
Clarke proved handy with bat and ball. He took over the reigns of his national side after Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international cricket. Under his captaincy, Australia whitewashed England during the 2013-2014 Ashes series down under and also regained the number one Test ranking after a span of 4 years. He also led Australia to a World Cup win 2015.
He scored of total of 16624 international runs in 360 international matches. He was at the peak of his career when he decided to retire from all forms of cricket in 2015. He was only 34 years old at the time of his retirement.