Everyone loves a happy ending – be it a love story, career or life. However, unlike movies, we don’t always get a happy ending.
Similarly, our cricketers also go through a lot of ups and downs, while many of them have a got dreamy ends to their career, on the other hand, there are many who had to face sad endings to their careers.
Here, we bring you a list of 8 cricketers who suffered sad endings in their glorious careers. Have a look:
1. Navjot Singh Sidhu:
The cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, was regarded as one of the finest cricketers of his time. In his glorious career of 19 years, he gave many memorable performances, however, he faced a sad ending in his career. If reports are to be believed then he was replaced by another cricketer and was called “unfit” by Wadekar. Another report states that it was Azharuddin, who made sure that Siddhu doesn’t qualify for the World Cup.
2. Kevin Pietersen:
Kevin Pietersen, one of the most loved England cricketer, who was called as ‘the most complete batsman in cricket’, left everyone shocked with the news of his retirement from cricket in 2018. KP had shared a long post, where he announced his retirement and revealed that it was time for him to prioritize his family.
3. VVS Laxman:
As heartbreaking as it may sound, VVS Laxman, the Indian legend took the criticism to his heart and decided to retire from the cricket world. Well, during India’s Australian tour of 2011, VVS could only two half-centuries in eight innings. After this tour, he received a lot of criticism, which he took very seriously and decided to hang his boots.
4. James Taylor:
One of the finest fielders, James Taylor ended his cricketing career on a sad note as he was forced to retire from the cricketing world because of an insidious heart condition “arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy”. He was only 26 when he decided to retire from the game.
5. Jonathan Trott:
Jonathan Trott, top-order batsman of England cricket team decided to retire after the debacle of his team in a series to West Indies in the year 2015. Later on, he revealed that he decided to retire because of anxiety issues and unmanaged stress.
6. Mark Boucher:
Mark Boucher, the South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, announced his retirement after losing a lens, iris, and pupil in an eye injury that he faced in a match against England. Imran Tahir bowled a googly that hit the stump and caused a bail to fly, and hit the eye of Mark.
7. Henry Olonga:
It was during the 2003 World Cup when Henry Olonga wore a black band on his wrist to protest against the death of democracy in Zimbabwe. However, he wouldn’t have expected that this move against the government will cost him his career. He was arrested and later on he was forced to retire from cricket.
8. Mohammad Kaif:
Regarded as one of the finest fielders to have ever play for Team India, Mohammad Kaif also had a very heartbreaking end to his career. It was under Greg Chappell’s coaching when he changed the batting line and Mohammad Kaif was dropped out of World Cup 2007. Mohammad Kaif played his last match when he was only 26.