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Shivnarine Chanderpaul marks his guard with a bail

The mark Chanderpaul left on me

His retirement has not only marked the end of an era in batting, it marks for some of us the snapping of the final link to childhood

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 28

Chanderpaul's lesson

His career, with its excellence and its quirks, tells us that cricket is big enough to contain everything and everyone

Ryan Harris is congratulated on dismissing Virat Kohli

When Harris grimaced, Australia smiled

Equal parts carthorse and strike bowler, whether fit and firing or bruised and shrugging away pain, he bowled for wins, and more often than not he got them

Uzair Rizvi

Take off: Shahid Afridi stretches while fielding

Pakistan cricket

Boom Boom Afridi: one of a kind

Shahid Afridi entertained us with his unique brand of cricket and surely left a lasting impression on the game. He was cricket's greatest entertainer. Boom Boom is irreplaceable

Ricky Ponting scored 65 off 54 balls

When sportsmen stop caring enough

The body and mind may be fit enough but athletes often retire when overcome by a profound weariness. Cases in point: Ponting and Swann

Sachin Tendulkar walks off to a rousing ovation

The perfect end

The best retirements require struggle, one last victory over the forces of entropy, the century made from unpromising beginnings through teary eyes