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Year 2019 taking the Gems of Cricket Away

The year 2019 has not finished but rather we have discovered some great players who are retiring from international cricket. either it’s one day or test or all the formats. international cricket has as of now bade farewell to a portion of the world-class cricketers in 2019. It is the standard of the nature that the past age will clear their path for the more youthful part.

  1. Yuvraj Singh:

The 37-year-old all-player Yuvraj Singh, India’s middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs has retired from international cricket in the middle of this year although he will look to play on in Twenty20 leagues around the world.

“After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after tearing up from a video tribute showing highlights of his career.

“Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today.”

Yuvraj, who played the remainder of his 304 one-day internationals two years prior, was a key pinion in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was Man of the Tournament at the World Cup four years later. Yuvraj made an enthusiastic come back to the game in 2012 after a protracted battle with uncommon cancer in his lungs and played the remainder of his 40 tests that equivalent year.

  1. Hashim Amla:

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 36 on August 8. The entire cricketing world took to social media to wish him a happy retirement.

he was the only South African to smash a triple ton in Tests. He aggregated 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8,113 at 49.46 in 181 ODIs. He notched up 28 centuries in Tests (four double tons) and 27 hundred in ODIs. In total, he scored more than 18,000 runs across all formats for South Africa with 55 centuries in 349 matches and has been ranked as the number one batsman in both Test and one-day international cricket.

Amla was a South Africa Test captain between 2014 and 2016, the team’s first permanent non-white captain.

“Thanks to everyone for the wishes, messages, and calls. Wow! It was truly an amazing journey with the Proteas, one that I was honored to be a part of. So many valuable lessons learned and countless memories made during an incredible #proteafire journey. It’s all the friends and teammates who have actually become family that I walk away richer for. Aww man..probably a book load of stories and memories. Until then I look forward to the next chapter of making more cricket memories on different grounds throughout the world,” Amla wrote in his Instagram post.

  1. Lasith Malinga:

Lasith Malinga confirmed his retirement from ODI cricket during the series against Bangladesh.

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2011, played his final ODI on July 26 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, which was the first match of the three-match series against the visiting Bangladesh team.

The 35-year-old made his ODI debut in 2004 and currently has 335 ODI scalps in 225 matches at an average of 29.02, with eight five-wicket hauls and an astonishing three hat-tricks under his belt.

Malinga is the only bowler to have claimed four wickets in four balls, and he sits 10th on the list of all-time ODI wicket-takers. He has the possibility of surpassing Anil Kumble (337 wickets) to move into ninth place in the list in his final one-dayer.

The iconic fast bowler will continue to play T20Is for Sri Lanka, who are expected to rely on him to help them qualify for the 2020 T20 World Cup.

  1. Shoaib Malik:

The veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has officially announced his retirement from one-day International (ODI) soon after being snubbed by team management. However, the 37-year-old will continue to play the Twenty20 format. Malik, who made his debut in the 1990s, played a total of 287 ODIs, garnering 7534 runs, who also captained Pakistan in 41 ODIs,  the fifth-highest tally for a Pakistan batsman. He also took 158 wickets, in a career that began against West Indies at Sharjah in October 1999.

he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career.

“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three matches.

“I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” added Malik.

“I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career,” he added to Pakistan’s triumph in England two years ago.

After retiring from ODI cricket post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, malik played for the Vancouver Knights in Global T20 Canada 2019, the team which finished as the runners-up.

  1. Imran Tahir:

Imran Tahir has been a champion cricketer winning innumerable matches for his side single-handedly. He bid farewell to ODI cricket after South Africa’s premature exit from the ICC World Cup 2019.

Born in Pakistan but married to a South African, the much-traveled Tahir made his ODI debut in February 2011, just a month before his 32nd birthday.

Tahir concluded his ODI career with 173 wickets in 107 matches with the best figures of seven for 45. He has been an integral part of the Proteas set-up since making his international debut.

“It was always my dream to play international cricket and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me along on the way. They accepted me for who I was, the guy who came from overseas.

“It’s a big moment of my life — I always wanted to play cricket and play as long as I could and now is the right time to go.

“It will be quite a hurtful and sad moment for me but I’ve prepared myself for that, so hopefully it will go well for me and the team,” he said.

The leg-spinner, who is a globetrotter, will continue to represent South Africa in the shortest format of the game. He also represents various franchises in the T20 league around the world.

  1. JP Duminy:

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy retired from the one-day format of the game after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019. Duminy, who announced his retirement from Tests in September 2017; however, will continue being available for South Africa in Twenty20 Internationals.

Duminy scored 5117 runs in 199 ODI matches at a strike-rate of 84.58. The off-spinner also claimed 69 ODI wickets with a career-best spell of four for 16. The all-rounder, who has served for the Proteas for long, had a few poor turnouts which led to his decision.

“The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” he said.

“While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but I would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.”

The all-rounder, meanwhile, will continue to play in the T20Is for South Africa and in various franchise leagues around the globe.

  1. Dale Steyn:

After 93 Tests and 439 wickets, the 36-year-old calls time on red-ball career but vows to continue in limited-overs cricket for Proteas.

South Africa’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker Dale Steyn has announced he’s hanging up his bowling boots in the longest format of the game.

“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much,” the 36-year-old said in a statement issued by Cricket South Africa. “In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally.

“It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all.

“I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.”

It brings to an end an almost 15-year Test career, having debuted against England in December 2004. Among current players, only Stuart Broad (450) and James Anderson (575) have claimed more Test victims than Steyn, while Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath are the only other pacemen to have taken more wickets.

  1. Muhammad Amir:

Cricketer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket but reaffirmed his commitment to playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.

In a statement shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Amir said: “It has been an honor to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white-ball cricket.”

“It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”

“I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red-ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigor and determination.”

Amir also thanked the PCB for providing him “the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest”.

Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009, he featured in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling returns – six for 44 – were against the West Indies in Kingston in April 2017.

  1. Wahab Riaz:

Days after Mohammad Amir retired from Test cricket, another Pakistan pacer – Wahab Riaz – has said goodbye to the longer format of the game. This time brilliant left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz made an announcement to hang up his boots from Test cricket format. Now, the 34-year-old experienced cricketer who is currently playing in Global T20 League is not interested in playing longer format in cricket so he restricted himself to limited-overs formats.  Wahab Riaz picked up 83 wickets in 27 matches in his ten-year Test career. The talented cricketer made his Test debut for Pakistan against England in the 2010  series where he picked up five crucial wickets after giving only 63 runs. This was considered to be his career-best score so far. He was named in both 2015 and 2019 World Cup squads due to his aggressive bowling spells. Within two weeks, Pakistan lost its two brilliant pacers in Test cricket format which will surely prove to be a big blow for the green army ahead.

  1. Sikandar Raza:

The decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has left many cricketers from the country disappointed. Dejected and heartbroken by the ICC decision,  Zimbabwe player Sikandar Raza, announced his retirement. Sikander, who has played 12 Tests, 97 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country, took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said: “How one decision has made a team, strangers. How one decision has made so many people unemployed. How one decision affects so many families. How one decision has ended so many careers. Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket.”

  1. Solomon Mire:

Zimbabwean all-rounder Solomon Mire has announced his retirement from international cricket through an elaborate Instagram post. The decision, in all probability, has been made in the light of Zimbabwe Cricket’s suspension by the ICC owing to ZC’s inability to prevent government interference from meddling with its administration.

The twenty-nine-year-old seam-bowling all-rounder is the first Zimbabwean cricketer to officially announce his retirement from the international circuit and with a host of other Zimbabwean cricketers such as Sikander Raza, Kyle Jarvis and Brendan Taylor venting their disappointment and agony over the entire issue on social media. During his five-year-long international career, Mire appeared in 47 ODIs, 9 T20Is and 2 Test matches.

  1. Ambati Rayudu:

Humiliated by the national cricket selectors after being ignored for the World Cup, India batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Wednesday. Controversially left out of the original squad, the 33-year-old was not considered as a replacement when India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to a thumb injury he was snubbed from the World Cup squad and in place of him, all-rounder Vijay Shankar was given a chance in the team. While announcing the squad “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to (a) decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game,” he said in an email to BCCI.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented our country. I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team. It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up, for the last 25 years at various different levels,” said the player. The unexpected decision left many surprised.

  1. Johan Botha:

Johan Botha, an all-rounder in its original form, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January, this year with immediate effect. Botha last played for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL before retiring citing wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue.

“It is obviously a very emotional moment for me, but I feel deep down that the time has come for me to move onto the next phase of my career.

“Cricket has been a part of my life for 19 years & a dream of mine to play at this level since I can remember. I have always left everything out there on the field, but at the moment I just feel like it’s time for me to step aside & let the next players come through.

“Coming into this current season I had some injury concerns & getting through every game has become harder. This has given me the final nudge to make this very difficult but important decision, to hang up my boots for good,” he said.

  1. Nuwan Kulasekara:

Nuwan Kulasekara, the Sri Lankan paceman, called time on his international career with immediate effect in July. The right-arm pacer finished as the third-highest ODI wicket-taker for Sri Lanka among pacemen and fifth-highest overall on the Sri Lankan charts.

Known for his ability to swing the new ball both ways, the 37-year old exits as Sri Lanka’s third-highest ODI wicket-taker among seamers, behind Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga, with 199 wickets in 184 matches. Kulasekara is also the joint second-highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20Is, with 66 wickets in 58 matches, behind Malinga on the list.

Kulasekara revealed that he had been due to announce his decision immediately after the World Cup but had held off following a special request by Lasith Malinga to play alongside him in one final ODI.

“I was going to announce my retirement straight after the World Cup but Lasith Malinga made a special request during the world cup to play alongside me in his final game. As such, I wanted to see if there was any way to make that happen. That’s why my retirement announcement was delayed,” he explained.

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