List of international cricketers who took retirement in 2019, embarking an end of an era as it is even more significant with the end of the decade.
Cricket in the 2010s has been full of entertainment, controversies and memories. Definitely the game has progressed with all the new rules, unconventional shots by batsmen and innovation.
Some of the players had an era in these years, which obviously marked the end of their career by the time 2019 kicked in. There have been some significant retirements in 2019, considering how surprising they were or how important the player was.
Few of the cricketer players stayed for too long, many left the game even before their actual time came. On the other hand, few only took partial retirement by leaving selective formats and focusing on either limited over games or test cricket.
There have been several cases and with this, the Sportsrush will list out the international cricketers who have taken retirement in 2019, which brings an end to an era.
List of international cricketers who took retirement in 2019
- Shoaib Malik – Pakistan all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, announced his retirement from ODI cricket minutes after their last ICC World Cup 2019 fixture.
- Ambati Rayudu – Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including the IPL, on July 2019. The decision comes after the selectors snubbed from the ICC World Cup squad despite being in the list of standbys. But the veteran player chose to play for Hyderabad in domestic cricket.
- Hashim Amla – The South Africa opener Hashim Amla called time on his 15-year-long international career on August 2019. He ends his time as a South Africa player having represented his nation in 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is.
- Imran Tahir – The decisive spin bowler took retirement from international cricket. But he bid farewell to ODI cricket after South Africa’s premature exit from the ICC World Cup 2019.
- JP Duminy – South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy retired from the one-day format of the game after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019. He took retirement from the Test cricket in 2017 but will be available for the Proteas in the T20 format.
- Dale Steyn – The South African bowler, one of the greatest fast bowlers in history, has called time on his Test career with immediate effect. The Proteas fast bowler has poorly suffered due to multiple injuries in recent years, notably during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
- Yuvraj Singh – Indian National Cricket Team’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh decided to bid farewell to international cricket on June 10 after an 18-year-long fighting career.
- Johan Botha – Johan Botha, an all-rounder in its original form, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January, this year with immediate effect. Botha last played for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL before retiring citing wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue.
- Venugopal Rao – All-rounder Venugopal Rao has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect last month. Rao has represented India in 16 ODIs during 2005 and 2006.
- Lasith Malinga – Lasith Malinga called time on his international after the first ODI against Bangladesh in the last week of July. The veteran reminded everyone of his greatness with a three-wicket haul helping his side clinch a comfortable victory.
- Jade Dernbach – England pacer Jade Derbnbach announced his retirement from international cricket on the most iconic day in the history of England cricket. The pacer fell out of bound and played his last international game in 2014. However, he will continue to play domestic cricket for Surrey.
- Nuwan Kulasekara – the Sri Lankan paceman, called time on his international career with immediate effect on July. The right-arm pacer finished as the third-highest ODI wicket-taker for Sri Lanka among pacemen and fifth-highest overall on the Sri Lankan charts.
- Mohammed Amir – Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on July 26. However, he will continue to play in the limited-overs cricket for his country.
- Solomon Mire – Zimbabwe allrounder Solomon Mire has announced his retirement from international cricket across all formats. He had made up his mind to quit Zimbabwe cricket after their recent tour of Ireland.
- Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lanka cricketer Ajantha Mendis, who announced his arrival in international cricket as a mystery spinner, bid farewell to all forms of cricket on August 28.
- Chamara Kapugedera – Former Sri Lanka ODI skipper Chamara Kapugedera has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket a week ago. Kapugedera made his ODI debut in 2006 against Australia and was a permanent member of the squad till 2010.
- Vernon Philander – Veteran fast bowler from South Africa Vernon Philander has announced that he will retire from international cricket after the series against England. Since making his debut in 2011, Philander has emerged as one of the greatest fast bowlers to represent South Africa at the international arena.
- Peter Siddle – One of Australia’s most beloved fast bowlers of the modern era, Peter Siddle, called time on his international career on December 29.