As yet another year is about to end, the world of cricket saw some memories being created. Australia became the World Test Champions and also won the ODI World Cup for the sixth time. Nathan Lyon reached 500 Test wickets while Virat Kohli scored the 50th ODI Century in history.
It was also an emotional moment for many fans as they bid adieu to their favourite cricketing stars. Few legends hung up their boots voluntarily while few decided to turn their backs on the game due to other reasons.
Here we take a closer look at the top five cricketers who called time on their cricketing careers in 2023:
5. Stuart Broad – England
One of England’s greatest bowlers across generations Stuart Broad shocked the world by deciding to quit the spot. The announcement came during the Oval Test versus Australia on the penultimate day of the game. A massive crowd came to watch Stuart Broad bowl for the last time in the whites of England.
The 37-year-old ended his career with Stuart Broad dismissing Todd Murphy and Alex Carey to win the game. Oval stood in unison to give a rousing reception to make it an emotional moment over the Retirement of an International cricketer.
4. Aaron Finch – Australia
2023 also saw the retirement of International cricketer Aaron Finch. The former Australian skipper retired from all forms of cricket in February 2023. After retiring from the ODI format the burly right-handed batter wanted to keep playing T20I for his national side.
Aaron Finch was the skipper of the side when Australia won the T20I World Cup in 2021. A year later Australia were defending their crown at home but were bundled out of the tournament in the group phases. The Victorian batter wasn’t considered for selection and Finch promptly decided to retire from the game.
3. Meg Lanning – Australia
In a rather shocking move, Australian great Meg Lanning decided to quit the game. At 31-years-old the former Aussie skipper joined the list of retirements of international cricketers. The decade-long career of Meg Lanning was distinguished and filled with records.
Meg Lanning played 103 ODI games and scored 4602 runs with a best of 152 not out. With 15 centuries she was one of the top batters of her generation. The right-handed batter also played 132 T20I games scoring 3405 runs with two centuries and 15 half-centuries.
2. Sunil Narine – West Indies
One of international cricket’s finest mystery spinners Sunil Narine was destined for greatness when he made his debut in 2011. The world marvelled as the youngster from Trinidad was capable of bamboozling the best in the business.
While his franchise cricketer career flourished his West Indian career ended in 2019 at the age of 31. After being away from the national setup it was a sad moment to see the retirement of international cricket with the class of Sunil Narine take place.
1. David Willey – England
33-year-old David Willey is considered one of the best new-ball bowlers in the ODI format. The left-arm pacer was part of the English set during the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament in India.
As the team was preparing to play their final few games of the tournament there was bad news looming. It came to light that post the game vs Pakistan England will see the retirement of international cricketer David Willey. In 73 games Willey had picked 100 wickets with Salman Agha becoming his 100th scalp.