Year-Ender 2022: Here’s Five of Major Cricket Retirements of The Year including 3 west Indian Players

In the first two three four months itself, as many as five cricketers had hung their boots. Later as the year progressed, the likes of  Suranga Lakmal, Colin de Grandhomme, Robin Uthappa, M Hafeez also called it quits. and three west Indian too.

West Indies team also didn’t good year for them. They failed to qualify for super 12 in T20 world cup 2022. Their Former captain Kerion Pollard also called his retirement from his international career. To surprise everyone He announced retirement immediately during captaining the side.

Let’s take a look at the high-profile names who left the game never to international return.

Eoin Morgan (England)

Former England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan on June 28, 2022 announced his retirement from international cricket.

Announcing his retirement, Morgan said in a statement, “After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

Morgan, 35, is England’s leading runscorer as well as the most successful captain in ODI cricket. Morgan has scored 6957 runs in 225 ODIs for England, with 13 centuries. Overall, Morgan has 7701 runs in ODI cricket, with 14 centuries.

Morgan captained England in 126 matches, winning 76 – a win percentage of 65.25. His most memorable moment remains leading England to their maiden title at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on home soil.

Morgan was also a highly successful T20I cricketer, scoring 2458 runs in 115 matches, with 14 half-centuries and striking at 136.18.

He is the most successful T20I captain in international cricket, winning 42 of the 72 matches he has led his side.

Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

Former West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard on April 20, 2022 announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 34-year-old Pollard, who made his ODI debut back in 2007, fittingly played his last series against India in 2022.

While he is a feared T20 cricketer, one of the finest that the world has seen, his numbers for the West Indies remain underwhelming with only 2,706 runs at just above 26 and 55 wickets from 123 ODIs along with 1,569 runs from 101 T20Is at an average of shade over 25. He also took 44 wickets. he had three hundreds in ODIs.

While the highlight of his international career would be hitting six sixes of Akila Dananjaya in a T20I—third to do so after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. He was a part of the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup winning West Indies squad. He never played Test cricket.

Lendl Simmons (West Indies)

West Indies Batter Lendl Simmons on Jul 19, 2022 announced his retirement from international cricket.

“When I wore the Maroon Colours of the West Indies Cricket for the first time on debut in ODIs on December 7th, 2006, little did I know that my international career would have lasted 16 years but my passion and love for the sport fuelled me every day,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.

Simmons’ international career, as he noted in his tweet, spanned 16 years. He represented West Indies in eight Tests, 68 ODIs and 68 T20Is, scoring 3763 runs across all formats.

It started with that ODI debut, against Pakistan in Faisalabad, but he was dismissed for a two-ball duck. Overall, he scored 1958 ODI runs, including two centuries, at an average of 31.58.

While Simmons’ numbers in Tests aren’t eye-catching – he did not score a single fifty – he carved quite a name for himself in the shortest format. He played a key role in West Indies’ triumph during the 2016 T20 World Cup, blasting a 51-ball 82 in the semi-final against hosts India.

In total, Simmons scored 1527 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 120.80, with nine half-centuries. He last represented West Indies at the 2021 T20 World Cup, struggling to 16 off 35 balls as the team lost to South Africa.

Chris Morris (South Africa)

South African all-rounder Chris Morris has announced his retirement on 12 Jan 2022.

The 34-year-old declared that he’d be calling time after a nine-year international career, which saw him represent South Africa in 69 international games.

Morris made his T20I debut in late 2012 against New Zealand, quickly followed by his ODI debut in June 2013 in the ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

Morris took 48 wickets in his 42 ODI matches at an average of 36.58, while his batting strike-rate of 100.43 proving useful for his team on several occasions. He was also South Africa’s highest wicket-taker at the 2019 ODI World Cup in England, finishing with 13 wickets at the tournament.

Denesh Ramdin (West Indies)

Former West Indies captain, the wicketkeeper-batter Denesh Ramdin 18, Jul 2022 has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

Ramdin, who played 74 Tests, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is, started out in Test cricket, making his debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2005. His ODI debut, against India, followed later on the tour in a tri-series involving the three teams.

He played a part in West Indies’ T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016. In the first, he hardly got a chance to bat in seven matches, but effected six dismissals behind the stumps. In the second, he was unimpressive in front of the wickets, with 36 runs in four innings – in six games – at a strike rate 69.23, and had three dismissals behind the stumps.

More recently, Ramdin fell off the radar of the national selectors. His last Test and ODI appearances were back in 2016.

A competent batter usually, Ramdin hit four Test centuries across his career, three of which came away from home. His second Test hundred – against England at Edgbaston in 2012 – caused controversy when he took out a note from his pocket on achieving the milestone, stating “Yea Viv talk nah”. This was in response to Viv Richards having questioned Ramdin’s poor form in the first two Tests of that tour, where he managed only 51 runs, and wasn’t consistent with his wicketkeeping either.

As a result of his antics, Ramdin was fined 20% of his match fee by the ICC.

Ramdin was named West Indies’ Test captain in 2014, taking over from Daren Sammy, who had retired from the format. Overall, Ramdin led his country in 17 matches – 13 Tests, three T20Is and an ODI – before being removed in September 2015, when Jason Holder replaced him at the helm.

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