South African wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty retires at the age of 34

"I can still remember the incredible feeling I had back in 2007"

by Sead Dedovic
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South African wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty retires at the age of 34

In announcing her retirement from professional cricket, South African wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty has announced her retirement from cricket. In a long message she sent, Chetty recalled the beginnings. It is a moment she will never forget, the moment she played for the first time for her country's national team.

In the world of sports, that is one of the most important things. "I can still remember the incredible feeling I had back in 2007 as I walked over the boundary rope, dressed in green and gold for the first time. For the past 16 years, it has been a privilege to represent my country and play for the Proteas, and that feeling has never gone away - each time I pulled on my South African kit I felt honoured to be doing so," Chetty said in a statement released by CSA on Friday (March 17)."

Injury

However, the injury spoiled her plans, which is why she decided to do this.

"But now, due to a recurring back injury for the past 5 years, the time has come for me to hang up my boots and let the gloves catch dust. I have tried everything to keep playing and have pushed as hard as I can but my body is signalling that it has no more to give and it is time to retire from all forms of cricket." Taking a long and hard look at all her options, Chetty made a decision that was not easy to make, and she thought long and hard about it.

After everything she has been through, she still believes that cricket will be her life. "This was not an easy decision for me, and even now, I can't quite believe my career is over. However, my cricket career has been a life-changing experience and I look back with no regrets and a full heart...Cricket has taught me about life, being disciplined, what it means to be professional and how to be a team player.

For this, I will always be grateful. And I choose to continue to be grateful for cricket as I retire and transition into the next chapter of my life," she said.

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