5 Cricketers who called it a day too soon

5 Cricketers who called it a day too soon

While the game has seen legends like Sachin Tendulkar who went on to represent their country for almost 24 years, there have also been a few who called it a day quite early.

Jonathan Trott announces retirement
Jonathan Trott. (© Getty Images)

Playing for the nation is often something that every sportsman would cling to for as long as possible. However, like any other sports cricket is also a game where a lot of factors decide the length of a player’s career. Determination, discipline, and flexibility are a few of them, while there are many others too.

While the game has seen legends like Sachin Tendulkar who went on to represent their country for almost 24 years, there have also been a few who called it a day quite early. Some especially at a time when their career was at a peak. Who knows what would’ve happened had they carried on a bit longer? Across the following slides, we look at five whose decision took the world cricket by a shock:

1. Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers
Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers. (© Gallo Images/Getty Images)

One of South Africa’s youngest captain and a cricketer who lead his side more often than any other in history, Graeme Smith said goodbye to the game at the age of 33. Taking into account his phenomenal statistics in Test cricket wherein he amassed 9265 runs at an average of 48.25 with 27 centuries to his credit, one would have surely felt that he still had a good two-to-three years of cricket left in him.

However, the left-hander didn’t quite feel the same as he signed off from the game after representing the proteas in 117 Tests and 197 ODIs.