Mark Boucher: The most prolific wicketkeeper in international cricket, South Africa’s Mark Boucher announced his retirement on July 10 following a painful injury to his left eye. Boucher, 35, was struck in the eye by a bail in Taunton during South Africa’s practice game against Somerset ahead of their Test series with England.
From makeshift wicketkeeper to emergency opener, Dravid was always ready to step in for the team cause. More than the runs he scored or the matches he won, Dravid will be remembered for the way he played the sport. He showed that cricket can still be a gentleman’s game, and earned the respect of both his peers and opponents. When Rahul Dravid announced his retirement in March, Indian cricket lost one of their best players but without doubt their best man.
Brett Lee: At his best, Lee was one of the quickest bowlers in world cricket apart from being a useful lower-order batsman. Lee has captured 380 wickets in 220 ODIs and 28 wickets in 25 T20 internationals.
Isa Guha: The high-profile retirement in the women’s game was that of England pace bowler Isa Guha. After ten years of international cricket that included 83 One Day Internationals, 22 Twenty20 Internationals and eight Tests, the Berkshire lass stepped away from the global stage. She announced her retirement on 9th March 2012, the same day as Rahul Dravid.
Simon Taufel was considered to be one of the best if not the best umpire in world cricket. Some highlights of Taufel’s career included umpiring in the 2011 World Cup final, the deciders of the World Twenty20 in 2007, 2009 and 2012; as well as the Champions Trophy in 2004. Taufel was part of the group of officials shot at during the terrorist attack in Pakistan in 2009.
Sachin Tendulkar: On December 23rd, Sachin decided his wonder years with the one day format were finally behind him. His recent form notwithstanding, there is little doubt that Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was the best ODI cricketer the world has ever seen. Stats aside, no other cricketer has captured the imagination quite like Tendulkar. His commanding presence at the crease inspired several generations and for that we will always remain indebted. We will always miss you, Sachin.
VVS Laxman: The wristy stylist will always be remembered for several of his epic innings. Mohali, Adelaide, Sydney to name just a few. And above them all for his 281* at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001 that scripted India’s most famous Test win and turnaround of recent decades. With his affinity for Aussie bowling attacks, the only ones heaving a sigh of relief are the boys from Down Under.
Ricky Ponting: International cricket will definitely miss the man who mastered the pull and hook shot, but the world will always remember the pugnacious Tasmanian who played with only one purpose – to win.