Cricket is often called a gentlemen’s game but the sport isn’t 100% hazard free. Players can sustain injuries during matches that force them to hang up their boots.
Here are seven cricketers who retired in their primes.
- Mark Boucher
The veteran South African wicket keeper was forced to retire from all forms of the game after a flying bail hit him in the eye.
- Nathan Bracken
The pacer from Australia had a bright future ahead of him having played with the likes of Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However, throughout his career he was plagued by knee injuries which forced him to hang up his boots.
- Shane Bond
The New Zealander was one of the quickest bowlers in cricket. He was out of the game due to back problems for two years. His career was still plagued with injuries despite having an operation to resolve his issue. He eventually retired in 2010.
- Shaun Tait
Australia’s Shaun Tait burst on to the scene in the fourth game of the 2005 Ashes test series against England. He bowled with a ferocious pace and was a handy pick in the shortest format of the sport. His elbow injury forced him to retire in 2017.
- Craig Kieswetter
The English wicket keeper’s career ended prematurely when a cricket ball fractured his jaw and damaged his eye. The cricketer was named ‘Player of the Match’ in England’s 2010 World Twenty20 victory.
- Mohammad Zahid
The Pakistani fast bowler burst on to the international cricket scene in the 1990s and took 11 wickets in his test debut. Zahid suffered a back injury during the tour to Sri Lanka and underwent a surgery. He lost his pace and was dropped from the side by the selectors.
- Alex Tudor
The promising English cricketer’s career was cut short due to injuries. He was hit on the head by a fiery Brett Lee bouncer. His international cricket career came to an end shortly after the incident. He did not fare well in the county structure as his injuries kept getting the better of him.