New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling on Tuesday announced that he will take retirement from his cricketing career after the end of New Zealand’s tour of England. New Zealand is slated to play two tests against England & then the WTC final against India.
BJ Watling said that he felt that it was the right time to end his celebrated cricketing career. He has represented New Zealand in 73 tests, 28 ODIs & five T20Is. BJ wattling enjoyed a superb career, especially in test cricket as he has played some crucial match-winning knocks for his team during his extensive cricketing career.
“The curtain is set to come down on the career of one of New Zealand’s most widely respected cricketers, with wicketkeeper BJ Watling to retire from all cricket after the upcoming Test tour of England,” New Zealand Cricket said in a release.
Talking about his retirement BJ Watling said, “It’s been a huge honor to represent New Zealand and in particular wear the Test baggy. Test cricket really is the pinnacle of the game and I’ve loved every minute of being out there in the whites with the boys,”
“Sitting in the changing rooms having a beer with the team after five days’ toil is what I’ll miss the most,” he said.
“I’ve played with some great players and made many good mates. I’ve also had plenty of help along the way for which I’ll always be grateful,” Watling added.
Watling also extended gratitude to his family for constantly supporting him during his hectic cricketing career. He further highlighted the fact that though he has announced his retirement ahead of New Zealand’s tour of England his prime focus is to perform well & win all three matches for his team.
“Although I’ve had to make this announcement ahead of the tour to England, my focus is very much on the three Tests ahead and preparing to perform in them. This tour will be a challenge on a few levels and we know as a team we will need to be at the very top of our game if we want to succeed,” he said.
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White & New Zealand Head Coach Gary Stead praised Watling for his vast & successful cricketing career.
Praising Watling’s positive attitude towards the game & ability to perform in adverse situations, White said, “I can’t think of another player who reacted so positively, and who was successful in the face of adversity. His ability to wring every possible run out of the tail was unmatched; his work behind the stumps tireless and efficient”.
Head Coach Gary Stead has hailed Watling by terming him as “a great bloke”. He further appreciated his ability to work hard on his game & always keeping the team first in every aspect.
“The records speak for themselves and he’s been such a crucial cog in the Test team’s rise over the past decade. That double hundred he scored at the Mount in 2019 was one of the best innings I’ve ever seen and epitomized BJ Watling as a player, really”, these are the appreciative words of Gary Stead for Watling.
Applauding his positive attitude towards the game Gary said, “The attitude and fight he brings to every day and every session of a Test is what has made him such a valued member of the BLACKCAPS. He is without a doubt one of our best ever wicket-keeper batsmen”.
Starting his Cricketing career in 2009, Watling enjoys a long & superlative career in World Cricket. He owns the record for most dismissals by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in test matches by taking 249 catches. He has also scored eight glorious centuries in test cricket which includes a crucial double century against England.
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