10 Great cricket players whose careers ended tragically

The worst thing that can happen to any player is to call for early retirement from her/his promising career. Early retirement can be result of an injury, freakish accidents, controversial activities etc. Let’s see athletes whose careers ended tragically.

careers ended tragically

Though some have come back from their hiatus, others have succumbed and dwindled into insignificance as careers ended tragically. We have a lot of good cricketer who had singularly distinguished career promised ahead of them but for one or the other reason, their career ended tragically. Sad as they sound, I hope their lives and excellent contributions to the sport is remembered.

10 Great Cricket Players Whose Careers Ended Tragically

10. Craig Kieswetter

careers ended tragically

Known for being an aggressive batsman and an efficient wicketkeeper, Kieswetter retired at the age of 28 after getting seriously injured in the eye during a T20 tournament. He had begun his career in 2007 by playing county cricket for Somerset. Following his strong performances he made his international debut in 2010. Still suffering vision problems, Kieswetter career ended tragically. He decided to call it a day in 2015.

9. Vijay Bharadwaj

careers ended tragically

Bharadwaj was an excellent right-hand batsman who scored 5553 runs and an amazing right-arm offbreak bowler, snatching 59 wickets in 96 matches. In his debut one day international in Kenya (1999-2000), he was awarded Man of the Series title. In the 90s he was chiefly responsible for Karnataka’s triple victory in the Ranji Trophy. Bharadwaj had a shinning career ahead of him which was horribly cut short by a laser eye operation that went terribly wrong. Instead of seeing better, the surgery left him short sighted and unable to keep his eyes open for long. His career ended tragically and he retired in 2006.

8. Nari Contractor

careers ended tragically

Contractor was a left-handed opening batsman who set fire in his debut innings after scoring hundreds of run (becoming the second man to do so, following Arthur Morris). The omen of injuries had followed Contractor from the beginning, starting from when he was called to replace the captain of Gujarat team to when he broke  two ribs at Lord’s in 1959, and eventually in 1961-62 when he was leading India, Contractor took a blow at the back of his skull. He stayed in coma for the next 6 days and woke to see the sad demise of his international career.

Fun fact: During the time, batsmen wore no helmets.

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