Just days after he became an 'Overseas Citizen of India' (OCI), Shaun Tait announced his retirement from all forms of the sport owing to a chronic elbow problem which has marred his career for a while now.
The Australian pacer, who represented his country in three Tests and 54 limited-overs internationals, was part of Australia's winning campaign at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. Tait is known to be among the fastest bowlers of all time, having touched 161.1 kmph during an ODI against England at Lord's in 2010. He also touched 160.7 kmph in a T20I against Pakistan at the MCG.
While the 34-year-old had retired from first-class cricket in 2009 and ODIs in 2011, he had been playing the shortest format of the game in domestic leagues around the world. He represented Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL) earlier this Australian summer.
"I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here. I knew it was going to be difficult getting older to compete with the young blokes. But I didn't know it was going to be as difficult as it was this year (with the Hurricanes),” Tait told cricket.com.au.
"It was pretty much getting left out of the side or not being able to play because of my elbow, either way there's no point going on with it. I knew during the Big Bash that I was going to finish up,” he added.
The pacer said that he realised during the Hurricanes stint that the game had gotten “quicker and better” while he was “getting slower and a bit older”. Tait also said in the interview that while he had not made a decision about what he would do in the future, he was keen to remain in the game either in a coaching capacity or the media.
Tait, who got married Indian model Mashoom Singha in 2014, sent Indians on social media into overdrive recently by putting up a picture of his OCI card, igniting hopeful rumours that he could turn out for the Indian team in the future. However, his decision to retire poured cold water over any such speculation.
— Shaun Tait (@shaun_tait32) March 19, 2017