It is never easy for cricketers to call it a time for their International career especially if its the case for an experienced player in particular. They run through a lot of emotions and take the decision to hang one’s boot has always been a difficult one.
Meanwhile, it is always good to call it a day when the player is at the top of his game. It might surprise the world but the player should know how much fuel is left in the tank.
However, there are some players who get the privilege of finishing their Test career where it all took off for them. Thus, their cricketing journey completes a full circle.
Four cricketers who played their first and last Test match at the Same Venue:
Former South African skipper Graeme Smith not only played his first and last Test match at the same venue of Cape Town but also played against the same opposition, Australia.
Veteran cricketer Smith played his maiden Test in 2002 scoring three and 68 whereas he played his last in 2014.
Smith was handed over the captaincy reins at quite a young age and didn’t he do justice to his role?
In fact, the opening southpaw batsman turned out to be the most successful captain in Test cricket winning 53 matches out of the 109. Interestingly he was given the Test captaincy when he was just eight Test matches old.
Furthermore, he scored 9,265 runs at an average of 48.25 in his red-ball form career. Smith always led the Proteas with aplomb and his records speak for volumes itself. However, Smith struggled to get going in his last Test series averaging a paltry 7.5 and thus scoring only 45 runs.