Just a couple of days ago, South African speedster, Shabnim Ismail stepped down from international cricket and if the world was still not done with mourning the loss of one of the most swashbuckling fast bowlers from the fabric of international cricket, in another telling blow, English all-rounder Katherine Sciver-Brunt called it a day in the English colours.
A career that spanned for a prolonged 19 years, where she would go on to claim 335 wickets across all formats combined, a period that would see batters terrorized by the experienced English moniker, would finally come to an end on Friday as the English international called it a day.
A glance at the glistening numbers of Kat Sciver-Brunt
Sciver-Brunt stepped down from Test cricket last year and started her rise to stardom in the 2009 World Cup squad of England that was won by the Three Lions. In fact, she would go on to make her presence felt in the most flamboyant fashion, bagging the Player of the Match in the grand finale against New Zealand.
If the 2009 World Cup finale was a prelude to some upcoming greatness, the 2017 World Cup finale where India crumbled down in the dying embers, saw her lifting the trophy for the second time as Anya Shrubsole wreaked havoc in the Indian ranks.
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This is what Brunt had to say after calling it a day
In her farewell speech, Brunt said, “Well here I am, 19 years later, at the end of my international journey. I thought I’d never be able to reach this decision but I have and it’s been the hardest one of my life. I never had any dreams or aspirations to do what I’ve done, I only ever wished to make my family proud of me. And what I’ve achieved has gone way beyond that. I have so much to be thankful for, cricket has given me a purpose, a sense of belonging, security, many golden memories and best friends that will last a lifetime.”
However, she would continue to be a part of franchise cricket all around the globe inclusive of the Hundred and maybe WPL too in the forthcoming year.