5 players who were captains when they took retirement

It is every cricketer’s wish to captain their country. The game has witnessed all sorts of captains. A few have fared in their respective department after donning the captain’s hat, while for some, their form was impacted after leading their side. Change in leadership is common in cricket, but a player retiring from the game while in charge of the team is a rarity. As the famous saying goes, “Nothing is certain in cricket except its uncertainty” the game has seen a few players calling it quits while leading their side. The latest is Australian limited format skipper Aaron Finch, who announced his retirement from ODIs. This article will list down five players who hung their boots when they were captains.

5. Kieron Pollard

West Indian power hitter Kieron Pollard was the captain of the Men in Maroon in T20Is and the ODIs when he announced his retirement. It was in the middle of IPL this year when the 34-year-old called it quits. The power hitter became a regular limited-overs captain after the 2019 World Cup. In the T20Is, he is the 2nd most capped skipper, leading the side on 39 occasions, eight less than Darren Sammy. Pollard in 39 matches, won 13, and lost 21. His ODI stats are a bit better than the T20Is. In 24 matches, he won twelve and lost as many matches. Pollard retired to allow new players to carry the team forward. Nicholas Pooran succeeded Pollard.

4. Eoin Morgan 

On June 28, 2022, Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket. The 35-year-old captained the Three Lions for the first time in white-ball formats in 2011. He led England to their maiden World Cup glory at the 2019 ICC World Cup. It is worth noting that no other player in England’s history has captained the team in ODIs and T20Is more than Morgan. The southpaw led the Three Lions in 126 ODIs and 72 T20I matches. He is one of the best white-ball captains. Morgan, England’s leading run-scorer in ODIs and T20Is, witnessed a sharp decline in his form, which led to his exit. By June 2022, Morgan had scored just one fifty-plus score in his previous 65 international innings. Further, owing to his age, he often found himself in the physio’s room, which added to his woes.

3. Aaron Finch

Like Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs was due to his lack of scoring runs. Finch captained Australia in both One-Day Internationals and T20Is. He announced his ODI retirement on September 10, 2022, after failing in the ODI series against New Zealand. Finch captained the Aussies on 49 occasions. He won 26 and lost 23 matches. The 34-year-old opener led the Kangaroos to their maiden T20 World Cup glory in the 2021 edition. Despite success in the limited-overs, Finch was scrutinized for his patchy run with the willow in the fifty-over game. In 145 ODIs, Finch scored 5401 runs, which includes 17 centuries. Although, the opener amassed just 26 runs in his last seven innings, at an average of just over three per innings.

2. Mithali Raj

India’s most successful woman cricketer Mithali Raj retired from all forms of cricket on June 8, 2022. The 39-year-old enjoyed a decorated 23-year-long international career. Mithali is the leading run-scorer in ODIs with 7805 runs. She retired from T20Is in 2019 to focus on ODIs. She captained the Women in Blue on 195 occasions and took India to two finals. Her biggest regret remains not winning the World Cup. Raj passed on the captain’s baton to Harmanpreet Kaur after her retirement.

1. MS Dhoni

Arguably, the best mind in world cricket, MS Dhoni was the captain of India’s Test side when he bid adieu to red-ball cricket on December 30, 2014. Captain cool shocked all with his out-of-the-blue announcement after the 3rd Test match against Australia during the 2014-2015 tour. Dhoni cited the strain of playing all formats behind his decision and that he wanted to focus on limited-overs cricket. Virat Kohli succeeded MSD in the longest format of the game. 


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