Retirements

Letting go of Lottie

Charlotte Edwards influenced not only the women's game but also those who covered it

And so it ends

In cricket, there is often no fairness to the end of a career and the way it comes, just the inevitable knowledge that it will. Which makes McCullum's exit remarkable

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

Chanderpaul's lesson

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

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

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

Sri Lanka cricket

Sanga and Mahela, a partnership for the ages

Anand Vasu, in Wisden India, encapsulates the impact Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have had on Sri Lanka cricket

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