Ben Stokes Retires: 3 Cricketers Who Retired In Their Early 30s

Published - 20 Jul 2022, 01:02 PM

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Ben Stokes (Getty Images)

As Ben Stokes decides to retire from One-Day International cricket, we will look at the top three international cricketers who retired in their early 30s.

International cricket has as many stars as a galaxy. This enormous arena is home to the best cricketing nations in the globe. Previously, Australia and the West Indies were regarded as the sport’s powerhouses. The Asian countries, however, progressively asserted themselves, and today practically every country has a cricket squad.

Ben Stokes (Image: Twitter)
Ben Stokes (Image: Twitter)

However, as cricket becomes more popular, the players face more pressure. International cricket stars are the focus of the entire country. Even if they occasionally do poorly at a vital moment, they can face harsh criticism. Some athletes have the potential to become stars, but they decide to retire early because of various reasons.

In cricket, the ideal retirement age is typically between 37 and 40 years. This section will look at three international cricket stars who retired in their early 30s.

1-Thisara Perera:

Thisara Perera, a Sri Lankan all-rounder, scored the winning runs for his country in the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup. Perera was a fast-bowling all-rounder for Sri Lanka.

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera (Photo- Getty)

The 32-year-old player has even captained his national team. In December 2009, Perera made his debut for Sri Lanka in an ODI against India in Kolkata. He has been a white-ball regular for Sri Lanka since then. In one-day internationals, he scored 2338 runs and took 175 wickets. He scored 1204 runs and took 51 wickets in T20Is. The Sri Lanka all-rounder announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 32.

2- Graeme Smith:

A well-known former cricketer from South Africa is named Graeme Smith. Additionally, he led the South African cricket team at the national level. In 2002, Graeme earned his first game, which was played in Cape Town against Australia. While entering the game at position three, he scored 68 runs.

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

He played 347 games for South Africa before retiring from the sport, including 116 tests and 109 games as the Test captain. In 2014, the legendary South African cricketer announced his retirement. He mentioned his recent lackluster performance as well as the necessity of caring for his young family. Smith retired from the game at the age of 33.

3-Ben Stokes:

The 31-year-old Ben Stokes announced that the match against South Africa at Chester-le-Street will be his final ODI in an England shirt. He has played 105 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), the most notable of which was the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s.

Ben Stokes,
Ben Stokes (Image: Twitter)

Ben Stokes who ended up taking over as England’s Test skipper, disclosed that playing all three formats of the game was “unsustainable” for him due to his body and hectic schedule and that he will now concentrate his efforts on Tests and T20s.

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