New Zealand superstar and former skipper, Brendon McCullum, announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing Global T20 Canada. He shared a detailed statement regarding this on his Twitter.
It’s been real… pic.twitter.com/sdCqLZTDz6
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) August 5, 2019
In the cricket history, he will be remembered as one of the game’s most fearsome ball-strikers. With New Zealand, he pioneered an attacking style of cricket which took the Black Caps to the Men’s Cricket World Cup final in 2015. Also, McCullum got praises for his aggressive yet sporting way of captaincy, before quitting international duty in 2016 after his 101 Test match.
Among his features, includes the blazing 156 in the first-ever Indian Premier League game, giving a roaring start to the competition. He also smashed the fastest-ever hundred in his final appearance in Test cricket. He is the second most successful batsman in T20 cricket and is close to becoming the second player after Chris Gayle to cross 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game.
McCullum has spent the past few years playing in T20 competitions across the globe, his final stint will be with the Toronto Nationals. Now, it’s time to bid adieu to cricket!
On other hand, world and former Olympic champion high hurdler Sally Pearson, the most successful Australian track athlete of her generation, announced her retirement by sharing a video on Instagram. She gave up on her dream of a swansong at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 32-year-old Queenslander, won gold in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics Games and the world titles in 2011 and 2017 respectively.
On winning silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Pearson got her breakthrough. She was named as ‘IAAF Female Athlete of the Year’, after securing her first world title in 2011. This made her among the world’s elite.
But, after her fall in Rome, Pearson feared that her lower arm would get amputated as doctors described the injury as a bone explosion in her wrist. She battled and Sally was back at the 2017 world championships in London, where she reclaimed the hurdles title in 12.59 seconds.
More injuries followed, that finally convinced her to give up on her dream of running at the Tokyo Olympics next year. Now, it’s time for her to say goodbye to the tracks.
What a career it has been, good luck for their future endeavours!