The shortest format of the game, T20I, has seen some of the most thrilling matches and incredible performances over the years. As we reflect on the past, we remember the stars who have left an indelible mark on this format. However, even the brightest stars fade away, and it’s time to bid adieu to five cricketing legends who have played their last T20I matches.

First up is Tim Southee, the New Zealand pacer who has been a force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket. With a career spanning over a decade, Southee has claimed 97 wickets at an impressive average of 23.67. His ability to swing the ball both ways and his ability to pick up wickets in crucial situations made him a nightmare for batsmen.


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Another Kiwi great, Kane Williamson, has also hung up his T20I boots. The elegant right-hander was known for his calm and collected approach at the crease, which earned him a reputation as one of the best finishers in the game. With over 2,400 runs at a healthy strike rate of 128.75, Williamson’s contributions to New Zealand’s success in T20Is cannot be overstated.

Williamson’s teammate, Trent Boult, is another star who has bid adieu to T20I cricket. The left-arm seamer was a specialist in the Powerplay overs, claiming 72 wickets at an economy rate of 7.54. His ability to pick up early wickets was instrumental in setting up victories for his team.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews is another star who has called it quits on his T20I career. The all-rounder was a versatile cricketer who could bat, bowl, and field with ease. He scored over 1,000 runs and took 44 wickets in T20Is, making him one of the most accomplished all-rounders in the format.


Last but not least, Pakistan’s Itikhar Ahmed has also hung up his T20I gloves. The off-spinning all-rounder was known for his ability to contain batsmen and take wickets in the middle overs. With 24 wickets at an economy rate of 7.14, Ahmed will be remembered as one of Pak’s most reliable bowlers in T20Is.

These five cricketers have left an indelible mark on T20I cricket, and their absence will be felt by fans and teammates alike. As we bid them farewell, we take a moment to appreciate their incredible contributions to this exciting format.

By Ritik Sharma

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