Horrifying Eye Injury Forces Englishman Craig Kieswetter to Announce Retirement

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 | 0


In what is turning out to be miserable news for the cricket world, England wicket-keeper batsman Craig Kieswetter announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket. The reason behind his premature retirement is the ghastly injury that struck his eye last year.

Whilebatting for Somerset against Northamptonshire, a bouncer went through the grills of Kieswetter’s helmet, striking his eye forcefully. Consequently, the 27-year-old broke his nose and fractured his cheekbone and eye socket.

Albeit Kieswetter recovered to an extent that he could don the pads and gloves again, but he feels that he will never be able to play like he used to do before. Apparently, this forced him to make a public announcement via his official Twitter account:

After been given the opportunity to take some time off and step away from the game I’ve come to a decision that wasn’t the easiest to make, yet I feel is the right one. Having gone through the traumatic experience of my eye injury and everything it entailed, I feel that mentally I will never be the player I was. As a person/player I’m not comfortable continuing if I can’t give 100%. I’ve had a terrific career: with plenty of ups and occasional downs, and I am calling time on my career walking away with no regrets. There are so many people I am grateful to yet most importantly I need to thank my family, without who nothing I achieved would have been possible. Their sacrifices to help me be able to achieve some fantastic success defines the importance of family. I’d also like to thank Somerset Cricket for giving me the opportunity to play as a professional, to help mould me, and for their loyalty – a club full of so many incredible people and fanatical supporters. I’ll have many fond memories of a career that spanned nine years. See you all on the sidelines!

Kieswetter represented England in 46 ODIs and 25 T20Is in his career.



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