The game cricket has produced a great number of legends over all these years. Fans, who were mainly born in the 80s and 90s, have witnessed the evolution of the great game. Along with some great moments, they have also witnessed some shocking and saddening moments too.
For a die-hard cricket fan, the hardest thing is to see his beloved cricketers hang up their boots and bid farewell to the game. As an Indian cricket fan, we all have shed tears where our beloved master blaster Sachin Tendulkar retired.
However there are some cricketers who still had some good years left in them. But maybe because of career-threatening injuries or maybe due to natural progression, some cricketers had to leave the game early.
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Here is the list of 6 cricketers who chose to retire early than expected:
Clarke made his international debut against England in 2003. Later he went on to become one of Australia’s most prolific batsman across all the formats of the game.
He proved one of the team’s assets with both the ball and bat. After former captain Ricky Ponting announced his retirement, he took the reigns from his hand.
Under Clarke’s captaincy, Australia whitewashed England in the 2013-14 Ashes series which was played Down Under. Moreover he helped Australia regain the No. 1 Test rank after a span of 4 years. He also led his country to win the 2015 ODI World Cup.
Clarke had played 360 international games and scored 16624 runs. He was only 34 years old when he announced his retirement. Moreover his retirement came when he was at the peak of his career.