Year Ender 2021: From AB de Villiers to Dwayne Bravo - Major Retirements in Cricket

Ab de Villiers (South Africa): Arguably the most high-profile retirement of the year, AB’s decision to hang up his boots made headlines across the world. After all, why not? He wasn’t your typical cricketer, to say the least. He was a multi-talented athlete, and he was a terrific hockey player, so perhaps he learned a thing or two while scooping bowlers all around the park while RCB supporters screamed “Ab Ab.” He was well aware that his Indian admirers adored him.

Dwayne Bravo (West Indies): Bravo made a name for himself in the IPL by bowling some outstanding slow yorkers. He was also a great batter-cum-fielder, thus he was well worth his money. CSK hired him several times, and he made sure that the money was well spent. Meanwhile, he failed to win another T20 World Cup championship with West Indies in 2021, and he retired soon after. Since his debut against New Zealand in Auckland in 2006, he has appeared in the 90 T20s for the West Indies.

Dale Steyn (South Africa): In his prime, Dale Steyn’s vicious look, combined with a slick run-up, would scare batters. The build-up got shaky as he grew older, and the workload became difficult to manage. On the other hand, Steyn displayed some brilliance on the field. Fans all over the world were enthralled by his battle with England’s James Anderson. “It’s been 20 years of training, games, travel, victories, defeats, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and fraternity.”

Ryan Ten Doeschate (Netherlands): Doeschate is and will continue to be one of India’s most popular Dutch cricketers. First, he scored a century against England in the 2011 World Cup, which was held here; second, the IPL. His all-around abilities kept him in the game while he was with the Kolkata Knight Riders, particularly his medium pace, which came in handy for then-captain Gautam Gambhir, who relied on a number of slow-ball bowlers.

Afghan Asghar (Afghanistan) – He fought back tears as his teammates presented him with a guard of honour during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 group game against Namibia. Asghar hit 31 off 23 balls as Afghanistan concluded on 160/5 against Namibia in what turned out to be his final outing. As the broadcaster questioned the 33-year-old after the innings ended, an emotional Asghar could not keep back his tears.

Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka): Upul Tharanga, a talented Sri Lankan opener, just announced his retirement. Upul was a long-serving member of the Sri Lankan establishment. On difficult batting surfaces, his abilities as an opener always gave Sri Lanka an advantage. Despite the fact that his career was marred by numerous controversies, Upul may look back on his life with satisfaction.

Sri Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad: Do you remember Dhammika Prasad? Yes, the same guy who was involved in a fight with Ishant Sharma in 2015. Apart from the jokes, Prasad has been a dedicated servant of Sri Lankan cricket since his debut in 2008. Earlier this year, he also hung up his boots. He was previously a steady performer, but a shoulder injury put an end to his career.

Retirement in Domestic

Unmukt Chand (India): On August 13, Unmukt Chand hung up his boots and took off for America in pursuit of better possibilities. Chand was the captain of India’s Under-19 World Cup team in 2012. Virat Kohli, his predecessor from the state squad, never made it big. Due to his frequent run-ins with the DDCA, he was compelled to transfer to Uttarakhand, where he gave up his goal of playing for India.

Yusuf Pathan (India) is one of the first cricketers to be labelled as a T20 specialist. Pathan was in the right position at the right time when he made his debut for India in the ICC T20 World Cup final; however, that does not mean he didn’t deserve to be there in the first place. Between 2007 and 2012, he played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India, winning the World Cup in 2011.