The previous New Zealand batsman, Grant Elliott, has declared his retirement from all kinds of cricket on August 21, Tuesday. The announcement came subsequent to his period in the T20 Blast with Birmingham Bears, which finished when the team fell short to meet the criteria for the knockouts.
Around 211 List A games, 150 T20 games, and 83 first-class games have been played by Elliott across the world in a career that took a head-start in 1996. In a post on Instagram, he stated, “Began in Johannesburg completed in Birmingham. I recall being 12 and penning down the goals of my life. To play international cricket, play in a World Cup, and play county cricket. Since then 27 Years on and have loved each minute of it.
He continued, “I am grateful to all the superb individuals I have encountered that have made this journey unique. To friends and family who have given me resolute support in spite of all the sacrifices that I have had to make and has affected them. This one is a special game but it does not characterize us. Counting on to the future with immense enthusiasm and sharing a drink with those noble team members I shared a changing room with.”
Grant, who took retirement from International Cricket last year in March, in first-class cricket, has scored 3883 runs. However, he instituted himself as one of the main players in a number of T20 squads in the diverse leagues. Grant began his first-class career within South Africa, however, in 2001, shifted to New Zealand and went on to stand for Wellington and Canterbury.
He played 83 ODIs, 17 T20Is, and 5 Tests but is memorized for his innings that directed New Zealand to a panic-stricken success over South Africa in the semi-final of 2015 World Cup.