One of the most successful women cricketers Sarah Taylor retires from international cricket with immediate effect. The England Cricket Board (ECB) cited this in a press release that they came up with on Friday evening.
The release stated that the 30-year old is suffering from anxiety and it had affected her ability to enjoy the game in recent years. This is also one of the biggest reasons which lead her to this decision.
Taylor said that it was a tough decision for her to take just like any other player taking retirement. But she thinks that it’s the right time for this, keeping her health in mind. She added, “I can’t thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey.”
Taylor made her international debut in 2006 during a T20I match against India. This was followed by her appearances in the Tests and ODIs respectively in the same month. She went to become one of the most successful players in the limited overs format and the credit for that must go to her flamboyant batting skills.
Taylor had piled 6,553 international runs before calling from the international arena. She is also England’s second highest run scorer of all time and one of the leading run scorers worldwide. Apart from being a dynamic batter, she is also a tremendous wicketkeeper in the shorter formats. She’s indulged in 232 dismissals which is the most by any player behind the stumps in women’s cricket.
She always had a major impact on the overall performance of England and the English side will definitely be going to miss her services. She played a major role in some of the biggest wins for England which include the triumphs in the World Cup and World T20 of 2009. She also helped her side in winning the 2017 World where she produced key innings of 54 and 45 in England’s victories over South Africa and India at the semi-final and final respectively.
Sarah also won the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2018. She also won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2014.