2013, in a sense, can be termed as retirement season in the sport, since so many big names hanged their boots. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at some prominent names who quit the game in 2013.
Has there ever been a cricketer more ridiculed in world cricket that Ajit Agarkar? It will be difficult to come out with yes as an answer. Even the announcement of his retirement was followed by jokes on social networking sites with obvious references to his string of ducks ‘Down Under’ and his wayward bowling
On Sunday, Abdur Razzaq equalled the fastest ODI half-century by a Bangladesh batsman, reaching his 50 off 21 balls. He ended up unbeaten on 53 off 22 balls. However, the blistering knock wasn’t enough to stop Zimbabwe from rollickinghome to a six-wicket win.
Having gotten the better of Australia at home three years back, India must have gone into the 2003/04 series Down Under with a fair degree of confidence. That said, Australia went into the series as favourites since India hadn’t won a single Test in Australia for over two decades, leave alone a series. All that was set to change though.
That Mumbai won the most prestigious Indian domestic tournament for the 40th time wasn’t surprising. The manner in which they fought throughout the series to lay their hands on the trophy though was outright inspiring.
Mumbai finished at a healthy total of 380 for 6 on the second day of their Ranji Semi Final against Services in Delhi. The visitors did not lose a single wicket on Day 2 with the overnight pair of Wicket Keeper Aditya Tare and Skipper Ajit Agarkar slamming centuries.
Ishant Sharma may have been ruled out of the opening Test owing to viral fever, but one still needs to ask the question whether the lanky medium pacer deserves a spot in the Indian Test squad any longer.