It was a fairytale journey for Stuart Board who announced his retirement from the game one night before the final day of the last day at the Ashes. As fate would have it, he took the last wicket of Australia and helped England win the match and level the series.
“Since I shook Ben Stokes’s hand and told him my decision, I’ve not had one doubt. Not one regret. Finishing with all my family at the Oval, in the way I did was special and I’ve always wanted to leave the game loving it,” Stuart Broad said.
Stuart Broad added that Alastair Cook inspired him to make such a decision since Cook stepped down even when he could do his job at the best level. Many said that he easily had one year left in him, but Broad had no regrets taking the decision and finishing the career on a high.
Broad made his Test debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka and went on to play 167 games in which he scalped 604 wickets. In ODI, Broad played his first game against Pakistan in 2006 and played 121 games for England in which he managed to take 178 wickets while in T20s he picked up 65 wickets.
From six 6s in an over from Yuvraj Singh and picking himself up to becoming the legend that he is, Broad’s journey is a testament to the tremendous hardwork and determination that elite athletes have, and mark their names on the sands of time.