Days after taking Indian citizenship, Australian feat bowler Shaun Tait has declared his retirement from the international cricket on March 27. After playing 3 Tests, 35 ODIs and 21 Twenty20 Internationals and picking up 95 wickets, Tait finally decided to take the final break and hanged up his boots.
Shaun Tait was under recovery after he sustained several injuries due to which he has been ruled out from the team. He last appeared in the T20 series played against India in January 2016. But he has been playing the Big Bash T20 league and the Sheffield Shield.
While speaking to the Australian cricket website, cricket.com.au, Tait said,”Honestly, I wanted to play more cricket whether in the UK or here. But I didn’t expect the things will be as difficult as it was this year.
Overwhelmed, thank you to everyone for the kind words. pic.twitter.com/C2Ije0Upww
— Shaun Tait (@shaun_tait32) March 27, 2017
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
Shaun Tait made his debut in 2005 against England at Trent Bridge in the Ashes series. On January 29, 2008, he suddenly announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from the game as he was emotionally and physically exhausted. Then in 2009, he declared his retirement from the first-class cricket. But still, Tait remained one of the key players in the Australian team. In the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, he picked up 23 wickets.
Tait was mostly known for his unique action which led him to success in many instances. He even had delivered at a top speed of 161 kmph against England in a T20 in 2011 and earned the name,’Wild Thing’. But repeated injuries kept him off the field and hampered his speed.
“At first when you’re going to retire and you look back to when you first started, it all seems like it was yesterday, but it’s been 15 years now,” said Shaun Tait.
On March 18, Australian pacer Shaun Tait has got the citizenship of India as he posted the photo of the document on his Twitter account. Earlier it was speculated that he might get a berth in Indian side keeping but he needed at least three more years before he gets eligible to play for India.