Five cricketers who announced surprise international retirement after 2015

A few players announced a shocking retirement from international cricket in the last 7-8 years.

A few players announced a shocking retirement from international cricket in the last 7-8 years.
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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 07: AB de Villiers of the Proteas during the 4th ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on February 07, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Karthik Nair
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Over the years, many cricketers attained fame and fortune in the international arena with their outstanding contributions to cricket with the bat, and ball combined with on-field brilliance including pulling off unbelievable catches and effecting breathtaking runouts. These players were at a different level and seemed to be unstoppable when they were on top of their game.

However, there were many cricketers who shockingly bid adieu to the game when they were at the peak of their respective international careers. Most of them were well-established cricketers who had shattered several cricketing records and were still going strong, but somewhere in their minds, they felt that the time had come for them to give up doing what they loved the most. Without further a do, here are-

5 cricketers who had surprisingly announced retirement since 2015

5. Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Thisara Perera was one of the promising all-rounders of Sri Lanka who contributed to the wickets tally with his medium-pace on a regular basis and was also known for his ability to play big shots in the middle-order. In fact, he hit the winning six in Sri Lanka’s famous T20 World Cup 2014 triumph against India in Dhaka.

Perera decided to bid adieu to international cricket in May last year but made it clear that he would continue to play franchise cricket. Of all batters with at least 2000 runs in One Day Internationals, the southpaw’s strike rate of an impressive 112.08 remains the fourth-highest of all time.

Thisara Perera might have thought about taking this decision as he did not feature in Sri Lanka’s playing XI on a consistent basis in white-ball cricket since 2015 when the Lankans were going through a transition phase after that year’s ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, national commitments had deprived him of playing in franchise leagues.

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