Sports and injuries cannot be seen separately. Latter comes attached to the former, with only difference that for some players injuries are less sever and for some, it becomes career threatening. When an athlete or sportsperson gets paid millions of dollars, he becomes immune to almost everything except injuries. Injuries make it just more painful. Besides visits to the rehabilitation centers and the excruciating pain, these athletes also lose out on millions of dollars and fanfare. Cricket has been no alien to injuries; cricketers over the years have experienced some life threatening injuries on field. There is no surprise that many unfortunate cricketers have even succumbed to their injuries on the field and lost their lives. That is a different case however. Here, for you information, we have compiled a list of 7 cricketers whose career ended with sports injuries on the field.
6. David Lawrence:
David Lawrence better known as Syd was English cricketer who represented the country in 5 test matches and a lone ODI. The powerfully built bowler had his career cut short by an injury to the knee. Syd shattered his knee cap in a delivery stride while balling for England in a test match against New Zealand in Wellington, 1992. Lawrence suffered the injury just when he had established himself in the England test squad. The knee was so badly fractured that Lawrence could never return to international cricket again. Though, he did have a negligible stint in the first-class cricket.
5. Nari Contractor:
Nariman Jamshedji “Nari” Contractor is former Indian cricketer whose career came to an abrupt end after injury. Contractor in a Test match against West Indies in 1962 was hit on the back of his skull by a bouncer from Windies bowler Charlie Griffith. Contractor was unconscious for the next six days right from the moment he was hit in the head by the ball. Contractor in his recovery required blood transfusion. West Indies captain Frank Worrell was the first generous donator of blood for him. Post the injury, Contractor could never play cricket again, though the lefthander says his biggest regret is that he wanted to play a test match after injury but his kith and kin didn’t want him to.
4. Andrew Flintoff:
Described as the ultimate impact cricketer by England captain Andrew Strauss, former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was forced to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2010 due to a long standing knee injury. Flintoff, who retired at the age of 32, played 79 Test matches for England – a long career that was marred by recurring injuries to his knees and ankles. Flintoff’s highest point in cricket was marked in 2005, when he inspired the England cricket team to win the Ashes, beating rivals Australia first time in 18 long years.
3. Saba Karim :
Saba Karim is former Indian batsman wicket-keeper. The talented cricketer who began his international career in 1996 as a replacement for then wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia, didn’t have a very long career. His career was cut short by an injury. Saba was hurt in the eye with a delivery from Anil Kumble, an injury that ended his cricketing career. Before forcefully retiring, Saba appeared in 34 One Day Internationals and a test match for India.
2. Shane Bond:
One international bowler that had the making of a Hadlee was Shane Bond, a fellow New Zealander. But unfortunately Bond had a cricketing career which comprised of more missed-games than games-played, all because of sports injuries. The fast and fearsome Shane bond will be remembered equally for his wonderful balling talent and misfortunes with injuries.
1. Mark Boucher:
South African wicket keeper batsman Mark Boucher was probably the best wicket keeper batsman of our time (yes, this is debatable considering Adam Gilchrist). Given his successful career, Boucher definitely deserved a better farewell from the game, but that wasn’t to happen. In an exhibition tour against English club teams, in a match against Somerset, keeping Boucher was hit in the eye with a ball which ricocheted of the stumps. The injury was so gruesome that Boucher couldn’t return to the field again. Boucher had to hang his boots and call his retirement from the game after the unfortunate injury.