When a star player reaches his mid-30s everybody starts to question about their retirement. Nowadays the youngsters are hitting tons with massive strike rates while many experienced players achieved memorable records with consistent efforts for years. Here is a detail about some of the great world class batsmen who retired with the just short gap from their dreamed land marks.
- Sachin Tendulkar- 49 ODI centuries
He made his international debut in 1989 and he concluded his ODI career in December 2012. He bid farewell for his test career with the test match at Mumbai in 2013. He played his last ODI against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012. He amassed 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs and slammed 100 tons inclusive of all formats. However, he had to retire with 49 ODI centuries with severe fitness issues. He made his 100th international hundred against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2012. He scored 96 fifties in ODIs.
- Ab De Villiers- 9577 runs
His decision to retire from international cricket at an earlier age surprised all the folks and experts. He slammed 9577 runs from 228 ODIs since his debut against England in 2005. He is just 433 runs from 10,000 mark and beat the record of Jacques Kallis and stand as the second South African to reach this land mark. He amassed his huge score with an average of 53.50 at a strike rate of 101.09.
- Kumara Sangakkara-93 fifties and 99 stumpings
He ended his T20I career in 2014 and ODI format after World cup 2015. He kept on improving with his age and his last appearance in ODIs was at quarter-final against South Africa in World cup 215. He scored 45 runs and his team lost the game to South Africa with a massive difference. He slammed 14,234 runs from 404 ODIs in his career between 2000-15. He scored 25 centuries and 93 fifties with an average above 43. He slammed 93 ODI fifties and 99 stumpings as a wicket-keeper. MS Dhoni is about to stand as the first ever wicket- keeper to complete 100 stumpings.
- Mohammed Yusuf- 9720 runs
He made his international debut in 1998 and some of his predecessors were Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, and Majid Khan. He slammed 9720 runs from 288 ODIs. He scored 15 hundreds at an average of 47.71. He surpassed the record of Inzamam Ul Haq to score 10,000 runs in 2010. The defeat of series against Australia caused his untimely suspension. He stood next to Saeed Anwar who scored 20 ODI hundreds by slamming 15 ODI hundreds.
- Adam Gilchrist-9619 runs
Adam Gilchrist is one of the world-class wicket-keepers and one of the outstanding cricketers for Australia. He is a great keeper-batsman for Australia in all the formats. He played 96 test-matches and 287 ODIs. He scored 9619 runs at an average above 96. He scored 9410 runs in ODIs besides acting as a wicket-keeper for the team. He ended his ODI career with the second final in the Commonwealth games 2008. He holds the record of highest runs by a wicket-keeper-batsman and retired with a few hundred runs away from 10,000 mark.