England pacer Harry Gurney announces retirement at 34
England and Nottinghamshire pace bowler Harry Gurney has announced his decision to retire from the sport at the age of 34. Some fans were of the notion that he should have played few more years because he was a very good death over in his playing days.
However, his career was marred by infamous injuries. He was also recovering from a shoulder injury and it was when he announced his decision to call it quits from the game. The left-arm pace bowler has represented the England cricket team in 10 ODIs and 2 T20Is where he picked up 11 and 3 wickets respectively.
Although he didn’t get many chances to prove himself in the international circuit, he thrived in the domestic and T20 circuit and has had a fantastic career. So far, he has won three one-day three trophies with Nottinghamshire and was also an important member of the team’s T20 Blast glory in 2017.
Harry Gurney also played for KKR
It is to be noted that Harry Gurney also plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League where he accounted for 7 dismissals in 8 games. Announcing his retirement from cricket, Harry Gurney told Nottinghamshire’s official website that the time had come for him to quit the sport.
“After trying to recover from the recent injury to my shoulder, I am truly disappointed to have to end my playing career as a result of it. From the first time I picked up a cricket ball at the age of ten, I was completely obsessed. Cricket has been my life for 24 years and has taken me on an incredible journey that I will cherish forever.
Harry Gurney further added that representing England and several T20 leagues exceeded his wildest dreams. “Playing for England, in the IPL, and winning eight trophies at home and abroad including the Blast, Big Bash and CPL has exceeded my wildest dreams. He ended his stellar cricketing career with 310 first-class wickets from 103 games and 190 wickets in 156 T20s.
I always prepared for leaving cricket and I have discovered a new path in business that gives me the same excitement that I felt when I discovered the game all those years ago. That is a path I will now go down with immediate effect, as I have found this injury recovery too much of a mountain to climb,” added Gurney.
Meanwhile, the director of cricket of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Mick Newell, who brought Harry Gurney to the team paid a fitting tribute to the left-arm seamer. Newell described Harry as a terrific match-winner.
Newell was quoted as saying: “Harry has been a terrific, match-winning, bowler for this club for a number of years. He’s carved out a niche in limited-overs competitions in recent times and has been very successful in that at home and abroad. But his record in the First-Class game is something he can be immensely proud of as well.”