new Delhi: It is the dream of every cricketer that he must play international cricket for his country, but there are many cricketers who have been so unlucky, whose career ended due to injury, illness and politics. There have been 3 such players in international cricket, who have had to say goodbye to their international cricket career prematurely. The reason for the retirement of these 3 players has been their decline in performance, serious injury, any major illness or they have been ignored by the board. We will tell you about those 3 players related to cricket history, whose career in international cricket ended prematurely.
1. Craig Keyswater
Craig Keeswater was a rising star of the England cricket team, but unfortunately, this star of the England team could not shine for long and due to a serious eye injury, he was away from the cricket field. Craig Keeswater played his first international match for England at the age of 22. He also played an important role in making the England team the winner in the 2010 T20 World Cup. Craig’s bat scored 261 runs in that T20 World Cup tournament, but during a county cricket match in 2015, his teammate David Willey’s ball hit a piercing eye inside his helmet, ending his career for Craig Kieswetter. Proven to hit the ball. After that injury, this talented player of England could never return to the cricket field and at the age of 25, he retired and disappeared into the darkness of oblivion.
2. James Taylor
The second player included in the list has also been a part of the England cricket team, the name is James Taylor. There has never been a shortage of talented players in England, one of them was James Taylor. James started his career in 2011 when he was 21 years old, but only 5 years after the start of his career everyone came to know that James has a heart related disease and if he continues to play cricket continuously, then This disease can prove to be fatal. At the time of retirement, 26-year-old Taylor was in excellent form. That year he also scored a century for England. In his career, he could play only 7 Tests and 27 ODIs. He scored 312 runs in 13 innings of Test matches, while in 26 innings of ODI cricket, his bat scored 887 runs at an average of 42.24.
3. Pragyan Ojha
If a bowler does a tremendous performance like taking 10 wickets in a test match and after that his career is over, then you will not believe him. One such example is left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who was dropped from the team despite taking 10 wickets in a Test match that he never returned. This bowler was once the biggest weapon of Team India and his pairing with Ravichandran Ashwin was considered a hit.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha had to announce his retirement at the age of 33 and Ravindra Jadeja became the biggest reason for this. Pragyan Ojha played his last Test match against West Indies on 14 November 2013, which was also Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match from international cricket. In this Test match played in Mumbai, Pragyan took 10 wickets for 89 runs in both the innings, taking 5 wickets for 40 runs and 5 wickets for 49 runs. After this, questions were raised on Ojha’s action. For this reason he was forced to sit out of Team India. After this, he worked hard to improve the action and also got a clean chit from the ICC, but by then Ravindra Jadeja, who was included in the good book of the then captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni), confirmed his place in Team India. had gone. Due to this, Ojha could never return to the team again.
No one remembers 10 wickets due to Sachin’s farewell
Born on September 5, 1986 in Odisha, Ojha’s last Test was very historic. Not only did Ojha take 10 wickets in this test, but it was also the last Test in the career of great Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. In this Test which started on November 14, 2013 in Mumbai, Pragyan’s bowling wreaked havoc on the Caribbean batsmen so much that the result came within 3 days. But amidst the euphoria of Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell, this tremendous achievement of Pragyan was suppressed. Although he was also selected ‘Man of the Match’ in this Test match.
Those 10 wickets were recorded in history
In the Mumbai Test, Pragyan then took 5 wickets for 40 runs and 5 wickets for 49 runs in both the innings, taking 10 wickets for 89 runs, which was the sixth best bowling performance in 90 Test matches played between India and West Indies. Not only this, it was India’s best bowling performance at number three in a Test match against West Indies.
Debut with 4 wickets in T20 International
Pragyan Ojha made his T20 International career in the 2009 T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh. In this match, Ojha took 4 wickets for 21 runs and was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. Despite this, his T20 International career was reduced to 10 wickets in 6 matches. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni could never show full faith in his bowling. Apart from this, Ojha started his international test career in 2009 in Kanpur Test against Sri Lanka.
He took 4 wickets in the Indian victory in that Test. He took 113 wickets in his 24 Test match career at an average of 30.26. He took 5 wickets in an innings 7 times in Test matches and 10 wickets in a match once. Ojha’s performance against West Indies was more spectacular. He had recorded 31 wickets in his account in 5 test matches against the Caribbean team. Apart from this, Ojha also took 21 wickets in 18 ODIs for Team India.
Great game shown in IPL too
Pragyan Ojha made it to the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League in the first season itself. Ojha was also instrumental in Deccan’s 2009 IPL title win on South African soil and that is why he got the opportunity to start an international career for Team India in the same year in Test, ODI and T20 i.e. all three formats. . Along with Deccan, Ojha’s last season in IPL was 2011. During the four seasons, he took 62 wickets in 56 matches, for which his average was 23.59 and the economy rate was 7.91.