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The year 2023 in international cricket was action-packed, with spectators witnessing stunning play throughout the year. The year was filled with unforgettable moments on the field as some players achieved historic milestones and helped their teams cross the finish line. A few players had their last dance on the cricket pitch while most cemented their futures with exceptional performances. On that point, here are the players who retired from international cricket in 2023.

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Cricket Stars who Announced Retirement in 2023

Player Names
Dwaine Pretorius
Hashim Amla
Aaron Finch
Joginder Sharma
Murali Vijay
Ambati Rayudu
Stuart Broad
Alex Hales
Sunil Narine
Meg Lanning
David Willey
Quinton de Kock

Dwaine Pretorius

Dwaine Pretorius | KreedOn
Source: Hindustan Times

In January 2023, Dwaine Pretorius declared his retirement from international cricket to focus on international T20 tournaments. The first player to accomplish this feat was Pretorius. Pretorius represented South Africa in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs, and 3 Tests during the course of the three formats. Pretorius took 77 wickets in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs, three Tests, and three ODIs during his career. He competed in two world cups as well. The record for South Africa’s best bowling performance is still his five wickets against Pakistan in Twenty20 Internationals. He concludes T20I batting with a 164-strike average, and he is one of 16 players who have been given national contracts with the CSA for 2022–2023, which expires in March.

Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla | KreedOn
Source: Cricket World Cup

Hashim Amla, a South African batting star, announced in January 2023 that he was retiring from all forms of cricket, capping off an incredible 20-year career. Having played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs, and 44 T20Is, the prolific hitter amassed 18,672 runs for South Africa. In 2012, at the Kia Oval, South Africa achieved their first-ever triple-century in Test cricket, with a high score of 311 not out against England. Amla has scored 41 half-centuries along with 28 hundred in the longest format of the game. In addition to his 8113 runs, which included 27 hundreds in 181 ODIs and 1,277 runs in 44 T20Is, he also started a teaching career by serving as MI Cape Town’s batting coach for the current SA20.

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch | KreedOn
Source: Twitter

In February 2023, Australia’s veteran white-ball captain Aaron Finch announced the end of his remarkable international career. The high point of Finch’s career was captaining Australia to their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup victory. He played in all three formats of international matches for Australia, including 146 one-day internationals, 103 Twenty20 matches, and 5 Test matches. Following his January 2011 T20I debut against England, Finch has scored 8,804 runs from his maiden international, which includes 17 ODI hundreds and two T20I tons.

September of last year saw the retirement Aaron Finch from ODIs, but he kept leading Australia in T20 cricket, especially during their vain attempt to defend the T20 World Cup at home. In that competition, the right-hander top-scored with 63 runs as Australia defeated Ireland by 42 runs but failed to advance to the semi-finals. For the most of his career, Finch was a standout in white-ball cricket, and in 2020, he was a nominee for the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade award.

Joginder Sharma

Joginder Sharma - KreedOn
Source: Times of India

Joginder Sharma, who claimed the wicket of Misbah-ul-haq during the 2007 inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, has announced his retirement from all cricket-related activities. Between 2004 and 2007, Joginder played four one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals for India, taking five wickets. Joginder was given the ball by captain MS Dhoni to deliver the final over in the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan. To ignite the celebrations, he got Misbah to scoop to Sreesanth at short fine-leg when Pakistan needed six runs off four balls and one wicket remaining. Never again did he play for India. During his four seasons with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, he took 12 wickets in 16 games.


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Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay - Cricket Star Retirement | KreedOn
Source: India Today

Veteran opener for Team India Murali Vijay declared in February 2023 that he would be retiring from all forms of international cricket. Following his 2008 debut, Vijay represented the national squad in nine Twenty20 internationals, 61 Test matches, and 17 one-day internationals. After replacing Gautam Gambhir in India’s XI for the final Test of the 2008–09 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur, Vijay began his international career, playing 61 Tests, 17 ODIs, and nine T20Is. He played his final first-class and List A cricket matches for Tamil Nadu in late 2019 and his final Test match appearance for India was in the Perth Test in December 2018. September 2020 marked his final IPL match as a professional cricket player.

Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu - Cricket Star Retirement | KreedOn
Source: India Today

The Indian Premier League batsman for the Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayudu, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old disclosed that his final match would be the Indian Premier League 2023 championship match between the Chennai Super Kings and the reigning Gujarat Titans. The Chennai Super Kings hitter blasted 19 runs off eight deliveries in a tense final against the Gujarat Titans, helping CSK win their fifth IPL title.

The CSK batsman took to Twitter to announce his retirement following the IPL 2023 Final, claiming he has thoroughly loved playing in this fantastic league and that there will be no U-turns this time. With the Mumbai Indians, Rayudu started his IPL career in 2010 and won his first trophy in 2013. After winning two additional titles in 2015 and 2017, he went to CSK in 2018, where he won the title in his debut season. In 2021, the 37-year-old won another title with CSK.

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad | KreedOn
Source: The Guardian

Veteran England fast bowler Stuart Broad is one major name who will no longer be seen in international cricket. Day 3 of the final ashes test in 2023 at the oval in London saw the England fast bowler declare his retirement. Stuart Broad concluded his international career with 604 wickets from 167 appearances at an average of 27.68 and an economy of 2.97. The 37-year-old enjoyed a fairytale finale to his career, taking the final two wickets of the game to seal England’s victory.


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Alex Hales

Alex Hales | KreedOn
Source: Sky Sports

After making his final appearance for his nation in the 2022 T20 World Cup, England’s opening batter, Alex Hales, announced his retirement in August 2023. Hales was left out of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2019 after failing a recreational drugs test and losing the faith of then-captain Eoin Morgan, who dropped him. The 34-year-old has played 11 Tests, 70 ODIs, and 75 T20Is for his country and was a member of the winning T20 World Cup 2022 side. Hales’ most notable performance in international cricket occurred in the tournament’s semi-final when he smashed 86* (47) against India.

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine | KreedOn
Source: Zee News

Former West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who last played international cricket in August 2019, has also announced his retirement in 2023. The 35-year-old has played six Tests, 65 ODIs, and 51 T20Is for his country, taking 165 wickets in total. Narine owns the distinction of bowling the first T20 super over. Narine was a member of the West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning squad in 2012 and is one of the top 10 wicket-takers in IPL history. He will nevertheless carry on playing in leagues throughout the globe, like as the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he assisted the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in winning the league in 2012 and 2014. In addition, Narine played a crucial role in the West Indies victory in the 2012 T20 World Cup—their first major championship since the 1979 World Cup.

Meg Lanning

Meg Lanning - Cricket Star Retirement | KreedOn
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Meg Lanning, the legendary Australian women’s captain, will likewise retire from international cricket in November 2023. During her nine-year captaincy, Lanning led Australia to five ICC victories, including four T20 World Cups and one ODI World Cup. As a result, she is the most successful captain in both men’s and women’s international cricket. The Australian captain also scored 8,352 runs in 241 international matches during her remarkable career.


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David Willey

David Willey - Cricket Star Retirement | KreedOn
Source: Times of India

England’s 33-year-old all-rounder, David Willey, announced his retirement from international cricket on November 1, 2023. He will retire following the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. This announcement comes at a difficult moment for the defending champions, who are currently at the bottom of the rankings with just two points after six league games. The ECB did not extend Willey’s central contract for the 2023–24 cycle, marking the end of his international career.

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock - Cricket Star Retirement | KreedOn
Source: Telegraph India

The South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from One-Day International (ODI) cricket following the World Cup in 2023. Quinton de Kock was in imperious form in his most recent ODI campaign, finishing as the tournament’s third-top run scorer with 594 runs from ten matches at an average of 59.40 and four hundreds. De Kock finished his ODI career with 6770 runs from 155 innings at an average of 45.74 and 21 hundreds. After retiring from Tests, the wicketkeeper will only be seen playing T20Is for his team.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which cricketers retired from international cricket in 2023?

Some of the prominent cricketers who retired from international cricket in 2023 are Aaron Finch, Dwaine Pretorius, Hashim Amla.

Which South African cricketers retired from ODI cricket in 2023?

South African opener, Quinton de Kock retired from ODI cricket in 2023.

Which cricketers from England retired in 2023?

Alex Hales and Stuart Broad are the two English players who retired in 2023.

Which Indian Cricketer retired from IPL in 2023?

Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement after IPL 2023.

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