South Africa All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius Announced His Retirement, Participated In Two World Cups

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    Dwaine Pretorius

    Dwaine Pretorius, an all-around player for the Proteas, announced his immediate retirement from international cricket on Monday. The 33-year-old has played for South Africa in 30 T20 Internationals (T20I), 27 One-Day Internationals (ODI), and three Tests since making his international debut in 2016. Additionally, he participated in two World Cups.

    With his 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021, Pretorius holds the record for the best T20I bowling stats by a South African. He later went on to take up nine wickets in the UAE for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. 

    Additionally, he has 261 runs at a strike rate of 164.15. He has also played in the Caribbean Premier League, Indian Premier League, The Hundred, and most recently, the inaugural SA20.

    Made one of the toughest decisions

    β€œA few days ago, I made one of the toughest decisions of my cricketing career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket. Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but God gave me talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands, ” Pretorius said in a statement.

    Shifting my focus to T20

    β€œI am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career. Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short-format player I can be. By doing this, I will be able to have a better balance in my career and family life.I would like to thank everyone who played a big role in my career,” he added.

    Gratitude towards Faf du Plessis 

    Pretorius also expressed gratitude towards former skipper Faf du Plessis as he said, β€œA special mention goes to Faf Du Plessis, who brought me back after being let go from the international side the first time and who backed me and helped me become a better player; thank you.”

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