In a conversation with former cricketer AB de Villiers, legendary English bowler, Stuart Broad, revealed the driving force behind his retirement from professional cricket after the 2023 Ashes. The 37-year-old expressed his desire to leave the game on a high note, not when young batters might view his bowling as “rubbish.”
“I wanted to finish at the top. I’d almost say that one of my biggest fears was bowling against 20-year-old opening batters and them going, ‘I heard he was good, but he’s rubbish’. I knew I wanted to finish while I can still do it,” Broad said on ABD’s YouTube channel.
The former England pacer shared his concern about avoiding an extended exit or finishing his career on a sour note due to an injury as his decision-making process was fueled by his desire to conclude his journey on a high rather than succumbing to circumstances.
“I never wanted that feeling of going six months too late or finishing with my last act on a cricket field being a torn hamstring and you are never seen again,” he admitted.
“I’ve never thought it could have ended up in the fairy tale that it did, actually taking a wicket with the final ball to win a Test match.” Despite the surreal moment, he remained grounded, acknowledging that the feeling hadn’t fully sunk in.