The cricketing nation has seen legends achieve feats and records that might not be even broken in near future. Let’s have a look at list of cricketers whose career ended abruptly.
- Kevin Pietersen
The hard hitting South African born England batsman has been axed from the national side following a poor show by the English side in the Ashes. He was axed for his indiscipline. He was also dropped from the national side in 2012 for brief period after he had emerged to have sent derogatory text messages about Strauss to his friends in South African dressing room. Later he was inducted to the national team to be axed after the white wash in Ashes. Peterson holds the record of being the leading run scorer for England across all formats
- Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli was probably one of the most gifted batsmen India has ever produced. He came to limelight with a record breaking partnership of 664 along with Sachin Tendulkar in the semi-finals of the Harris shield tournament in 1998. He was then picked up India and scored back to back double centuries in India.. He later became an alcohol addict and failed to do justice for his talent.
- Tatenda Taibu
Tatenda taibu was the youngest player to captain his side in tests in 2004 and the 1st black captain for Zimbabwe. His career was probably destroyed by the political situation in Zimbabwe and the poor facilities and inadequate contracts. The highlight of his career was his batting heroics in both the innings against Bangladesh at Dhaka, where he scored 85 in the first and 153 in the second innings to secure a draw.
- Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher one of the best wicket keepers cricket has seen had to abruptly retire from cricket after sustaining an eye injury in the tour match against somerset. Mark Boucher has played 147 test matches claiming dismissals of 555 batsmen. He also has 425 dismissals to his name in ODI cricket. He also holds the record of being the most capped wicket keeper of all times in tests and was about play his 150th test against England, which was cut short by the eye injury.
- Brendan Taylor
He was touted as the best wicket keeper batsman that Zimbabwe produced after Adam flower had to retire from international cricket owing to financial crisis. He played 166 ODIs for Zimbabwe making him 4th most capped player and scored 5120 runs. He had a memorable world cup campaign where he scored 433 runs including a 110 ball 138 knock against India. Taylor would now be playing for Kolpak, a county side where he would receive more than that he was receiving wearing a national cap.
- The other players whose careers where ended abruptly were
Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Mike Procter due to apartheid, Shane Bond, Davis Lawrence, Andrew Flintoff, Saba Karim due to injuries