As cricketers age, their physical abilities may start to decline. Cricket is a physically demanding sport that requires a high level of fitness and agility. As players age, they may find it challenging to maintain peak performance, leading them to consider retirement.
A cricket career can be relatively short compared to other professions. Many players start their careers young and might retire in their 30s or early 40s. Some players may feel that they have achieved their goals or that it's the right time to move on to other ventures in life.
The year 2023 has reached its midpoint and we have already come across the retirement of some of the finest cricketers in international cricket. The top bookmakers in India have amazing cricket odds with them.
Here is a list of 5 cricketers who announced their retirement in 2023.
1) Dwaine Pretorius
Dwaine Pretorius made his international debut for South Africa in a One Day International (ODI) against Ireland in September 2016. In the same year, he also made his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka. Dwaine Pretorius has since become a valuable asset for the South African cricket team in limited-overs formats.
In January 2023, Pretorius announced his retirement from international cricket to focus more on the T20 cricket leagues happening across the globe. He was part of 22 ODIs and 30 T20s and made a huge impact as a middle-order batsman for South Africa.
2) Hashim Amla
Amla made his international debut for South Africa in November 2004, in an ODI against Bangladesh. He quickly established himself as a key player in the team and earned a reputation as one of the most dependable and prolific batsmen in world cricket.
In the same month as Pretorius, Amla announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 40. With 124 Tests, 181 ODIs, 44 T20Is, and more than 18,672 international runs, Amla said goodbye to the sport to focus on his personal life.
3) Aaron Finch
Finch is considered one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. He has been a prolific run-scorer in the shortest format and has captained the Australian T20 side on multiple occasions. In addition to his achievements, Finch has also been an impactful captain for the Australian cricket team. He was appointed as the limited-overs captain in 2014 and led the team in various series and tournaments.
Under his leadership, Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. He was known for his achievements in the T20 format Finch was part of 103 T20 fixtures for Australia and he scored 2189 runs at an average of 34.3 and a strike rate of 142.5. Aaron Finch announced his retirement in February 2023.
4) Alex Hales
Hales made his international debut for England in August 2011, in a T20 International against India. He quickly made a name for himself with his ability to score quick runs and clear the boundaries with ease. Hales played a crucial role in England's limited-overs teams and was a regular member of the T20 and One Day International (ODI) squads. With 70 ODIs, 11 Tests, 75 T20s, and more than 4500 international runs, Hales announced his retirement in August 2023.
5) Stuart Broad
History would have remembered Stuart Broad as a bowler on who’s bowling Yuvraj Singh hit 6 sixes in an over. However, Broad changed his destiny completely and became one of the greatest bowlers for England in test format. With 167 Tests and 604 wickets in Test format, Stuart Broad announced his retirement in July 2023 during the fifth Test of the Ashes series. Broad will be remembered as the second-highest wicket-taker for England in Test matches, behind only James Anderson.