By Tendekai Mujeri
The news of Brendan Taylor’s retirement feels like robbery. At list with the way he has been going about his business he had about 2more years to play. What breaks my heart more is there is no one in the upcoming guys who we can firmly say he will take over swiftly from him but most importantly retirement on home soil for me was the most befitting thing to do.
I recollect memories from the day he stepped on to the big stage and all you can see is a classy player who would have become a world great had he played for a nation with a greater passion for the game better than us.
When other white players walked away young Brendan stayed and started breaking records it was difficult to ignore his stroke play after that epic t20 victory over mighty Australia this is the Australian team captained by Ricky with Adam Gilchrist and Lee in it . BT smashed a glorious 50 which insured a victory for Zimbabwe.
He was a voice and the kind of man that each time he would come to bat at list for a moment you would feel some kind of calm and if he goes out cheaply without putting anything significant on the board you would feel his dismissal might have just taken away our chances of winning. In short Brendan was our chance to victory
What i fail to understand is after some fantastic play in the Bangladesh test which was more of a one man show with some aid coming from kaitano BT had some fire in him which was so ablaze that his announcement of retirement is a shocker.
He has 2records to break he needs 69 runs to complete 10 000 international runs he also needs 110 to finish as the highest run getter for zim ahead of Andy flower.
For me BT was the greatest player to ever grace the HSC in Zimbabwean team colours , he was the best at all he was tasked to do from being a part time bowler to being the 1st choice keeper as a skipper as an opener and as a person in general at list from what i can tell from distance.
I have always had a passionate heart for the sport the only time i recall feel sad after a certain player announces his retirement was when kumar Sangakkar walked away again with just one double hundred to equal sir Don Bradmans record but this time its a heartbreak.
I don’t want to enter into the politics of how the game is being run in zim for many would say these could be the contributing factors as to why the G. O. A. T chose to walk away now because i don’t know any but i am just hoping i recover soon from this traumatic position and be able to watch his final innings in peace.