Much like in most other field sports, cricketers play up until their late thirties if their form and fitness stay up to the mark. However, some of them have to bid farewell to the game before the age of 30, in many cases due to injuries and unfortunate circumstances.
Today, we ae going to take a look at 5 players who retired from international cricket at a very young age.
5. Craig Kieswetter (England)
The way he showcases his skills at the top of the order for England in the their triumphant T20 World Cup 2010 campaign, many believed Craig Kieswetter would go on to become one of the finest white-ball players in the country’s history.
Although he was not as consistent in the next couple of years as England would have liked him to be, he was still in and around the England set-up.
However, Kieswetter suffered a horrific eye-injury while playing in the domestic circuit of England in 2014. It eventually proved to be a career-ending injury as Kieswetter had to hang his boots aged just 28.
4. James Taylor (England)
James Taylor became a piece of the England white-ball setup following the 2015 ODI World Cup. 2015.
He had secured a regular place at no. 3 and was all set to get a long run, but he suffered a sudden illness while training one day and had to be hospitalized. He later got diagnosed with a heart issue and as a result was was advised by the doctors not to continue playing the game any further. Taylor retired at 26 years of age.
3. Zafar Ansari (England)
Zafar Ansari’s case comes in as a unique one in today’s list. He decided to put bring the curtains down on his international career not because of injury or any health condition, but because he wanted to pursue higher studies.
Ansari reportedly wanted to be a lawyer and hung up his boots from competitive cricket to make sure he could pay full attention to his studies. The left arm spinner played 3 Test matches and a solitary ODI for England. On 26 April 2017, at age 25, Ansari announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect.
2. Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe)
Tatenda Taibu started playing international cricket at a very tender age and within 3 years of his international debut, he even became skipper of Zimbabwe in the longest version of the game.
Taibu was actually the youngest player ever to captain an international team in Tests. The wicket-keeper batsman retired at 29 insisting that he wanted to work for the church.
1. Beau Casson (Australia)
Many wouldn’t recognize him, but Beau Casson played 1 Test for Australia. Unfortunately, he suffered a heart issue and had to undergo an operation. However, even after the operation, he couldn’t stretch his playing career too far and eventually hung up his boots aged 28.