Cricket can be a harsh sport at times. Any player’s career can be ended by an injury or a single poor stretch, regardless of how great they are. Despite promising starts, several outstanding cricketers’ international careers were cut short due to a variety of circumstances. Cricket can be a harsh sport at times. Any player’s career can be ended by an injury. Despite promising starts, several outstanding cricketers’ international careers were cut short due to a variety of circumstances.
Cricket has seen fascinating performances from legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman, Wasim Akram, and many others who have given the game their all and lived the sport. Others, on the other hand, did not have the good fortune to play cricket till they were past their prime. Every sport, both on and off the field, has its share of injuries. They are typically well-equipped for sportsmen to cope with. Before taking guard, every cricketer must wear protective gear like helmets, arm guards, and abdomen guards. Despite being well shielded, they occasionally run out of luck.
The famous Australian bowler was noted for getting a slew of wickets. In 27 Tests, he represented Australia and took 113 wickets. In 21 ODI matches, he took 44 wickets. However, his days on the field with the baggy green cap were cut short due to a variety of ailments that he suffered from time to time. To make matters worse, he made his debut at the age of 29, which did not bode well for his ability to continue his career beyond a certain point. He retired from cricket in 2015 after only 6 years as a player in Australia.
The tragedy of Kieswetter is one of those sad ones. For England, he used to open the batting and keep wickets. He was competent behind the wickets, but only a few batsmen could match his striking ability. But fate intervened when he was jolted in the cheek and broke his cheekbone while batting in domestic competition. He took a year break from cricket. After that, he returned to domestic cricket. After playing a few games, he realized he’d never be his old self again and chose to stop playing, claiming he was having eye difficulties. The Englishman only played in 46 ODIs and 25 T20Is for his country.
The Indian cricketer of the past was more than adequate as a frontline batsman, but his form deteriorated as the years went by. While playing with the great Sachin Tendulkar, Kambli’s career was cut prematurely due to his inability to match his partner’s abilities. Despite playing 104 ODIs for India, he only averaged 32.59 runs per match, significantly lower than Tendulkar’s 44.83 runs per match from 463 games. Kambli has a better Test average of 54.20 than Indian cricket’s hero, who has a 53.78 average. However, Kambli had only played 17 Test matches at the time, whereas Tendulkar had played 200.
The great New Zealand cricketer sprang to prominence by shattering Australia’s top order in his maiden One-Day International, capturing the coveted wickets of Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, and Michael Bevan. As a result, he made a grand entrance and has never failed to provide his best on the field since. He took 147 wickets in 82 ODIs for New Zealand. His favorite opponent was Australia, against whom he took 44 wickets in just 17 One-Day Internationals. His cricketing career was cut short by injury, and he retired from all forms of cricket in 2010 – only 9 years after making his debut as a Black Cap. The legacy that the previous decade’s hero has left behind will always be a crown gem in cricket’s history. The next generation of speedsters would never be able to match Bond’s incredible speed and precision with the ball.
The English pacer rose to prominence after a commendable bowling performance in the 2005 Ashes series, which was one of the major causes in England’s victory. He only played 18 Tests for England, although he took 59 wickets. His speed and skill of the reverse-swing drew praise from all sides. However, his career was hampered by the baggage of major injuries he had to deal with. He was not picked in the English team after 2005 due to his inability to fully recover from injuries. He, therefore, relished his time in the sun for just four years and has since retired from international cricket.