A young Leicestershire guy, who is suffering from asthma, had a dream to represent his country as a golly in Hockey, but as he grew up, his interest changed to be a professional cricketer like his father. The guy is none other than the legendary English fast bowler Stuart Christopher John Broad, who retired on Monday from all forms of professional and league cricket. No one knew that a player who concedes six sixes in an over in the very early stage of his career would end up being one the greatest bowlers of all time. Broady ended his career with a fairy tale farewell, the only player in the history of cricket to hit a six on the last ball he played and get a wicket on his last ball.
After the end of 3rd day, the last test match of Ashes 2023 when talking to the English veterans Naseer Husain and Mike Atherton the Nighthawk Stuart Broad announced that this game will be the last game of his cricketing career. The emotional news spread like a fire in the cricket world and all the cricketing legends started sending their best wishes to Broad.
In his entire career, he played 344 international matches and scalped 847 wickets. Broad made his international debut against Pakistan playing at the County ground, Bristol in a T20 match. He took 2 wickets in 2 balls and narrowly missed a hat-trick. Just after 2 days he made his ODI debut against the same team and took a wicket in his very first over and was also involved in a last-wicket partnership of 29 runs with Darren Gough. His career came into the limelight when India’s white ball stalwart Yuvraj Singh hit him with 6 sixes in an over, but the young lad used that experience to build a whole mental routine. Emerging from this pressure, he improved himself so much that he became a part of the World cup winning team and also became the captain of the team in the next edition.
Later on, he set his foot on the test arena and would go on to dominate test cricket, and gave us the “Oh my Broad” celebration when he rattled the mighty Australians with a five-wicket haul in just 19 balls. Ottis Gibson, the former West Indian pacer and your mentor, made you believe that your right-arm pace around the wicket against left-hand batters will make you the biggest threat for them. The last ball he bowled on that 22 yard warfare proved right and got the Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey with this skill.
There are very few athletes who left the field on a very high note and Broad is one of them. He stunned everyone by calling it ‘QUITS’ because everyone around still thinks that he has some fifers left in his armoury, but rest ensured, Stuart left the way he wanted. Thank you Malfoy, “Hope Australians stop moving the Robots now.”