Former Zimbabwe captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor announced he will retire from international cricket during the 3rd and final ODI against Ireland in Belfast on Monday, September 13. Taylor will bring an end to his 17-year-long career wherein he played 34 Tests, 204 ODIs, and 45 T20Is. Taylor will bid adieu to international cricket during his 205th ODI.
Brendan Taylor, who made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2004, came up with a heartfelt social media post, describing his career as a journey filled with “extreme highs and lows”.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country,” he wrote. “17 years of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Taylor wrote.
“It’s taught me to be humble, to always remind myself how lucky I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To wear the badge with pride and leave everything on the field.
“My goal was to always leave the team in a better position as when I first arrived back in 2004, I hope I have done that.”
Brendan Taylor has scored 6677 runs in ODIs, 2320 runs in Tests, and 934 runs in T20is. Taylor has an opportunity to finish as Zimbabwe’s highest run-getter in ODIs. He is just 111 runs behind Andy Flower, who finished his career with 6786 runs in 213 matches.
Taylor’s career was a rollercoaster. The 35-year-old top-scored for Zimbabwe as he had hit 433 runs n 6 matches. He was among the top 5 batsmen at the quadrennial tournament. However, shortly after the World Cup campaign, Taylor moved away from international cricket and played for Nottinghamshire in county cricket as a Kolpak signing.