Harry Gurney retirement: Former KKR pacer announces retirement from all formats

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 14/05/2021

Harry Gurney retirement: The English fast bowler has announced retirement from all formats after an elongated shoulder injury.

England and Nottinghamshire pacer Harry Gurney has announced retirement from all formats after a long-standing shoulder injury. It was due to the same injury that the 34-year old player hadn’t played competitive cricket since December 2019.

“The time has arrived for me to hang up my boots. After trying to recover from the recent injury to my shoulder, I am truly disappointed to have to end my playing career as a result of it,” Gurney said in a statement published on Nottinghamshire’s website.

All of the left-arm bowler’s 10 ODIs and two T20Is for England had come in 2014. At the highest level, Gurney’s 14-white-ball wickets came at an average of 34.78, an economy rate of 5.80 and a strike rate of 35.9.

Harry Gurney retirement

Having made his first-class debut in 2007, it was in the second half of his career that Gurney made a name for himself especially on the back of stints in T20 Blast, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League and Caribbean Premier League.

Been a part of champion squads, Gurney ended up on the victorious side with Nottinghamshire Outlaws (2017), Melbourne Renegades (2018-19) and Barbados Tridents (2019).

In his 156-match T20 career around the globe, Gurney picked 190 wickets at an average of 22.58, an economy rate of 7.84 and a strike rate of 17.20.

It was in IPL 2019 that Gurney had represented Kolkata Knight Riders dismissing seven batsmen in eight matches at an average of 34, an economy rate of 8.81 and a strike rate of 23.14. It was the same aforementioned injury which had forced Knight Riders to bring in USA pacer Ali Khan as Gurney’s replacement.

“Playing for England, in the IPL and winning eight trophies at home and abroad including the Blast, Big Bash and CPL has exceeded my wildest dreams.

“I always prepared for leaving cricket and I have discovered a new path in business that gives me the same excitement that I felt when I discovered the game all those years ago.

“That is a path I will now go down with immediate effect, as I have found this injury recovery too much of a mountain to climb,” Gurney further said in the statement.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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