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5 Players Who Shockingly Retired From International Cricket In 2023

5 Players Who Shockingly Retired From International Cricket In 2023
Stuart Broad picks 600 Test wickets

The year 2023 emerged as a significant milestone in the realm of international cricket, leaving fans and enthusiasts reminiscing about the various exhilarating moments that unfolded across the twelve-month span.

Throughout this period, the cricketing world witnessed unparalleled feats, heart-stopping encounters, and the emergence of new talents. However, as is the nature of the sport, it was also a year that marked the end of illustrious careers for some of the game’s legends.

Here is the complete list of the players:

1. Quinton De Kock

One of the most notable departures was that of Quinton de Kock, the formidable South African wicketkeeper-batsman. Following the culmination of the 2023 World Cup, de Kock bid farewell to the ODI format, leaving behind a legacy that’s hard to match.

His performance in the World Cup was nothing short of stellar, culminating in him being the third-highest run-getter, amassing an impressive 594 runs from ten matches, boasting a remarkable average of 59.40, complemented by four centuries.

His overall ODI career statistics further solidify his stature, amassing 6,770 runs in 155 innings at an average of 45.74, embellished with 21 centuries. Although he bid adieu to Tests earlier, fans can still look forward to seeing him in the T20I arena.

2. Stuart Broad

Another monumental departure came from the English camp, with Stuart Broad deciding to hang up his boots on Day 3 of the final Test of the 2023 Ashes series at the iconic Oval in London. Broad’s career trajectory is a testament to his skill and dedication, culminating in him securing 604 wickets in 167 matches at a commendable average of 27.68 and an economy rate of 2.97.

His swansong was nothing short of poetic justice, as the 37-year-old maestro clinched the final two wickets, ensuring a memorable victory for England.

3. Alex Hales

Alex Hales, the explosive English opener, also joined the ranks of retirees in August 2023. Hales’ swansong was during the T20 World Cup 2022, where his blistering knock of 86* off just 47 deliveries against India in the semi-final remains etched in memory.

With 11 Test appearances, 70 ODIs, and 75 T20Is under his belt, Hales’ contribution to English cricket is undeniable, further highlighted by his inclusion in the victorious T20 World Cup 2022 squad.

4. Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine, the crafty West Indian spinner, bid adieu to the international scene in 2023 after a hiatus since August 2019. Narine’s career trajectory is replete with memorable performances, holding the distinction of bowling a maiden super over in T20s.

His illustrious career includes stints in six Tests, 65 ODIs, and 51 T20Is, amassing 165 wickets across formats. Furthermore, his prowess in the IPL, ranking among the top ten wicket-takers, further underscores his legacy.

5. Meg Lanning

The year 2023 also witnessed the curtain call for Meg Lanning, the iconic Australian women’s captain. Lanning’s leadership prowess is unparalleled, steering Australia to an enviable five ICC titles, including four T20 World Cups and one ODI World Cup.

Her nine-year captaincy tenure witnessed her rewriting records and etching her name as the most successful captain across both men’s and women’s cricket. Additionally, her batting prowess, amassing 8,352 runs from 241 matches, further solidifies her stature as a cricketing legend.

In conclusion, 2023 will be remembered as a year of transitions, marking the end of illustrious careers while ushering in a new era of cricketing excellence. As these stalwarts bid farewell, their contributions to the sport remain indelible, serving as an inspiration for generations to come.

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