International cricket in the previous decade saw retirements of quite a few big names. These were cricketers who enriched the sport with their performances and had illustrious careers. Their retirement came across as a shock to cricket lovers as they could’ve easily continued longer.
For various reasons, these prominent names chose to bid farewell to the international stage when many felt they had so much more to offer.
Five Players Who Retired Prematurely From International Cricket:
5. Graeme Smith
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is renowned for his inspiring leadership and gutsy batsmanship. Smith made his debut in 2002 and played 117 Tests, 197 ODIs, 33 T20Is for his country.
The left-hand batsman made over 15,00 international runs. Smith quit the game aged 33 in March 2014. The left-hander could’ve easily played more for the Proteas. He has since transitioned into administration and broadcasting work. He retired from international cricket too soon.