Sarah Taylor the English Wicketkeeper batswoman recently put down curtains on her international career. She had been struggling with anxiety issues for long but when on-field there was never a doubt about her abilities and confidence. Safe and fast behind the wickets and excellent stroke maker with the bat, Sarah had an impeccable career. She made her debut in 2006 and made around 6500 international runs in the 13-year long period. She also affected 232 dismissals behind the wicket, out of which almost half were stumpings. Fast hands and good reflexes set her apart from the rest of the Wicketkeepers and will certainly go down as one of the best in business.
This is what Sarah Taylor had to say about her Announcement of retirement and her long career in the England setup.
“This has been a tough decision but I know it’s the right one, for me and for my health moving forward. I can’t thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey. Playing for England and getting to wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true and I have been blessed with so many great moments throughout my career. From making my debut in 2006 to Ashes wins, and of course, the World Cup final at Lord’s, to name just a few,” Taylor said. “I’ve also been blessed with traveling the world and making lifelong friends along the way.
“To be right in the thick of women’s cricket as it’s gone from strength to strength – not only in England, but across the world – has been an amazing experience, and I can look back on what women’s cricket has achieved with great pride at playing some small part in it. The England girls are role models on and off the field, and they have undoubtedly inspired – and will continue to inspire – so many young people to take up the game, girls and boys. I can’t wait to see the heights that this team can reach. “I am extremely proud of my career. I leave with my head held high and with excitement for what my future holds and what my next chapter brings,” Taylor said. (Source – ECB.co.uk)
Twitter Reactions on Sarah Taylor’s retirement.
Congrats on an outstanding career Sarah! Seems a lot has happened since those coaching sessions at Brighton College when you were 11 or whatever it was! Enjoy what ever you do next and don’t doubt it will be every bit as successful #keepersunion
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) September 27, 2019
Matt Prior Tweeted: Congrats on an outstanding career Sarah! Seems a lot has happened since those coaching sessions at Brighton College when you were 11 or whatever it was! Enjoy whatever you do next and don’t doubt it will be every bit as successful #keepersunion
Legend. Thank you for the memories, @Sarah_Taylor30 🙌🐐
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 27, 2019
England’s Barmy Army Tweeted. Legend. Thank you for the memories, @Sarah_Taylor30
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 27, 2019
India’s former Captain Anjum Chopra Tweeted: Congratulations and all the very best Sarah. You have always been a champion player! May you continue to achieve the best in life. Best wishes @Sarah_Taylor30 @englandcricket
— Mel ‘MJ’ Jones (@meljones_33) September 27, 2019
Australian player and now a commentator Mel Jones Tweeted: A pleasure to watch @Sarah_Taylor30 excel at her trade with bat and gloves over the last 13 years. All the best in retirement and congrats on a record breaking career.
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) September 27, 2019
England’s most flamboyant all-rounder Danielle Wyatt tweeted: Congratulations on your retirement @Sarah_Taylor30 You have a lot to be proud of. Best wicket keeper in the world, fact! #ThankyouSarah
Congratulations @Sarah_Taylor30 on an amazing career! You can thank me later for all the times I’ve made you look amazing by shoving it down the leg side 😉! Good luck for everything that is to come #ThankYouSarah
— Anya Shrubsole (@Anya_shrubsole) September 27, 2019
England’s go-to bowler Anya Shrubsole Tweeted: Congratulations @Sarah_Taylor30 on an amazing career! You can thank me later for all the
times I’ve made you look amazing by shoving it down the leg side ! Good luck for everything that is to come #ThankYouSarah
Saara zamana ‘Sarah’ ka deewana! 😍
Here’s wishing one of England Women Cricket’s best, a very happy retirement! pic.twitter.com/xt6EXb46sU
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 27, 2019
Star Sports too paid tribute to this legendry cricketer: Saara zamana ‘Sarah’ ka deewana!
Here’s wishing one of England Women Cricket’s best, a very
Happy retirement @Sarah_Taylor30, what a career to be proud of! We’ve shared some amazing memories on and off the field and some of the things you could do on a cricket field always left me astounded! All the best for what’s next #thankyousarah https://t.co/MI6BfQRG1C
— Heather Knight (@Heatherknight55) September 27, 2019
Captain of the England women’s side, Heather Knight tweeted: Happy retirement @Sarah_Taylor30, what a career to
be proud of! We’ve shared some amazing memories on and off the field and some
of the things you could do on a cricket field always left me astounded! All the
best for what’s next #thankyousarah
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) September 27, 2019
No doubt about that.#SarahTaylorhttps://youtu.be/3-8VBvmmGyI
An inspiration on and off the field.
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) September 27, 2019
An inspiration on and off the field. A wonderful @englandcricket career
Sarah. There is no doubt that you were the best lady batsman of your generation and probably the best wicketkeeper batsman of either men or women cricketers. A lovely girl with an infectious sense of humour and a great friend to @katecross16 . Welcome up north any time. #youknow
— David Cross (@DCross_psycho9) September 27, 2019
Sarah Taylor was one for the ages kind of player. We at female cricket wish her luck for the future and hope to see her in the domestic tournaments to entertain us all through her awesome stroke play and quick stumpings.