Sarah Taylor, hailed by Adam Gilchrist as the best wicket-keeper in the world – male or female, announced her retirement from international cricket on Friday, 27 September. Tributes flowed in from around the world for the England star.
It was a chance to remember her many moments of brilliance behind the stumps – the leg-side stumpings, the catches at slip nearly and the lightning fast run-outs. Not to forget her excellent batting, with the cheeky paddles and scoops.
She's rated as one of the greatest wicket-keepers of all time, and moments of brilliance like this, during the #WWC17 semi-finals, are why.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) September 27, 2019
Congratulations on a spectacular career, @Sarah_Taylor30 👏pic.twitter.com/rcdwr0f81x
Sarah Taylor and leg-side stumpings: Name a better combo. We'll wait... [THREAD]pic.twitter.com/cat5S0EX8l— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 27, 2019
🏆 @cricketworldcup winner— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) September 27, 2019
💯 On the limited-overs Honours Boards
💪 One of the finest wicket-keepers in the game
Congratulations on a fantastic international career, @Sarah_Taylor30 👏#ThankYouSarah pic.twitter.com/wlFNPaCts9
Her team-mates made it known she'd be missed.
Happy retirement @Sarah_Taylor30, what a career to be proud of! We’ve shared some amazing memories on and off the field and some of the things you could do on a cricket field always left me astounded! All the best for what’s next #thankyousarah https://t.co/MI6BfQRG1C— Heather Knight (@Heatherknight55) September 27, 2019
Congratulations @Sarah_Taylor30 on an amazing career! You can thank me later for all the times I’ve made you look amazing by shoving it down the leg side 😉! Good luck for everything that is to come #ThankYouSarah— Anya Shrubsole (@Anya_shrubsole) September 27, 2019
Shoutout to @Sarah_Taylor30 what a career you have had!!!! It’s been an honour to share an england shirt with you over the last few years, I will miss you on the field but the memories we made of it I will never forgot 💙 Happy Retirement you legend xxxx #thankyousarah pic.twitter.com/vSUncrSDDN— Sophie Ecclestone (@Sophecc19) September 27, 2019
A career to be incredibly proud of 🏏 some things you managed to do on the field forced women’s cricket to be spoken about around the world. It’ll be sad not touring with you anymore but at least my cuddles calmed down over the years 😂 enjoy the next chapter#ThankYouSarah 🦁❤️ pic.twitter.com/DJPHaMU0kv— Kate Cross (@katecross16) September 27, 2019
Fellow wicket-keepers didn't hide their admiration. Taylor, for her part, said she expected Jos Buttler to carry on the tradition of thwarting a reverse sweep!
Congrats on an outstanding career Sarah! Seems a lot has happened since those coaching sessions at Brighton College when you were 11 or whatever it was! Enjoy what ever you do next and don’t doubt it will be every bit as successful #keepersunion— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) September 27, 2019
@Sarah_Taylor30 On behalf of all wicket keepers Congratulations on a fantastic #England career We are all very proud of you and your achievements both on and off the field Wishing you every success with your new adventures #ClassAct— Jack Russell (@jackrussellart) September 27, 2019
Praises came from her international opponents too, with Poonam Yadav pointing out that she would indeed go down in history as a legend.
Very few cricketers in this world can be called Legend. Here is a perfect example.— Poonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24) September 27, 2019
From making her England debut to becoming 3x World Champ and 3x Ashes winner to ... the list never ends.#ThankYouSarah for everything. Will miss you on the field.
Happy retirement! https://t.co/bhufBtrRlD
Fantastic behind the wicket to staggering efforts with bat, a powerful career comes to an end. Wishing @Sarah_Taylor30 all the best for her future. Hope you will continue to nurture young talent in the great game! https://t.co/G8xXyMlbUI— Ciara J Metcalfe ☘️ (@CiaraJMetcalfe) September 27, 2019
To @Sarah_Taylor30 WI say thank you for your contributions to Women’s cricket. For being a fierce competitor and lightening fast behind the stumps. For being a Champion both on and off the field. Congratulations and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours! pic.twitter.com/lotTn53SRf— WINDIES Women (@windieswomen) September 27, 2019