Netherlands wicketkeeper-batsman Wesley Barresi, a staple of the Netherlands batting order has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 36. Wesley Barresi made his ODI international debut in 2010 and has represented the nation in 32 One-day Internationals scoring 927 runs. He also played in 42 T20 internationals scoring 799 runs at a strike rate of 114.96.
He was one of the most unsung heroes of the Netherlands team when they surprised with their performance against the test playing nations.
The South African born cricketer is the leading run-scorer for the Netherlands in List A cricket with 2871 runs in 109 matches with two centuries and 19 half-centuries.
He scored a memorable 64 of 43 deliveries to clinch Netherland’s first ODI win against a full member team — Bangladesh in Glasgow.
Wesley Barresi Enjoys The Pleasure Of Playing For 18 Years
Wesley Barresi expressed his joy of having the privilege to play for the country in three world cups and was delighted by the fact that he played the game for 18 years. He revealed the difficulties behind being an associate cricketer and cherished the memories of working as a team to produce good performances.
I’ve been incredibly privileged to not only participate in three cricket world cups, represent a country and achieve some memorable feats but more importantly I’ve had the pleasure of doing this for 18 years!”
“The world of cricket doesn’t quite understand the sacrifice, dedication, and self-motivation that goes into being an ‘associate cricketer’. I look back at some of those glorious memories and know we did it all on our own.” tweeted Wesley Barresi on Twitter.
Ryan Campbell Congratulates Wesley Barresi For His Brillant Career
Former Australian batsman Ryan Campbell congratulated Barresi on Twitter for his brilliant career and mentioned that the KNCB cricket wouldn’t be in a better place like now without his efforts. He also hinted at Barresi taking up a coaching role soon post the retirement.
“Congrats @Pepe_Barezi on a brilliant career…@KNCBcricket wouldn’t be where we are today without your efforts. I hope you will be putting your Coach’s hat on soon!!” replied Ryan Campbell on Wesley Barresi’s tweet.
— Ryan Campbell (@cambo_19) February 15, 2021
His final appearances came against Zimbabwe where he scored a 39 not out to see his team over the line in their first ODI win against Zimbabwe.