Retirements

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

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

Indian cricket

Goodbye Sachin

A photograph from the previous time Philip Brown snapped Sachin Tendulkar, in tribute to the great Indian sportsman who'll soon be retiring from the game

Sachin Tendulkar retires

The kid who finally had to grow up

To this fan, Sachin Tendulkar is a kid who managed to extend his childhood beyond its definition

England cricket

Harmison, the enforcer

A chronicle of Steve Harmison's career, from the highs of Ashes 2005 and helping Durham to consecutive County Championships, to a low-key farewell from Test cricket