In the year 2015 many top cricketers retired from One day Internationals. They served their country for a long time by contributing a lot which had a big impact on their cricketing culture. After the World Cup 2015 we saw some brilliant players retired. It was time for these cricketers to say goodbye to shorter format after few of them retired from Test matches.

Here we look at the top 5 legends who retired from One Day International cricket in 2015:

1. Kumar Sangakara (Sri Lanka)

Kumar Sangakara is one of the legends of cricket who retired from One day Internationals in year 2015. He played his first One Day Internationals against Pakistan in 2000. He has played 404 One Day Internationals with an average of 41.98. His highest score in One day International has been 169. He was the wicketkeeper of One Day International team and has 402 catches along with 99 stumping dismissals. He played his last One day international against South Africa after losing the quarter finals in World Cup 2015. He will retire from Test matches after playing 2 matches against India in August. He is currently at number 2 in the best batsmen rankings in Test matches.

2. Mahela Jayawardne (Sri Lanka)

Mahela Jayawarnde is another cricket legend of Sri Lanka who retired from One day Internationals in 2015. He played his first One Day Internationals against Zimbabwe in 1998. He has played 448 One day Internationals with an average of 33.37. His highest score in One day International has been 144. Besides, he was an excellent slip fielder. He had 218 catches to his name. He played his last One day Internationals against South after losing the quarter finals in World Cup 2015. He retired from Test match cricket last year against Pakistan in Colombo. Both Jayawardne and Sangakara had great partnership and it was a treat to watch both of these classy players. 

3. Misbah UL Haq (Pakistan)

Misbah was one more legend who retired from One day Internationals in 2015. He played his first One day International against NewZeleand in 2002. He has played 162 One day Internationals with an average of 43.40. His highest score in One day International has been 96 not out. He was the most reliable batsman for Pakistan in crisis. He played his last One day International against Australia after losing the quarter in World Cup 2015. He is 40 years of age and still captaining the side in Test matches.  

4. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Shahid Afridi is another legend who retired from One day Internationals in 2015. He played his first One day International against Kenya in 1996. He played 398 One day Internationals with an average of 23.57 but the main thing about him was the strike rate of 117.00. His highest score in One day International cricket has been 124. Apart from batting he was an excellent spin bowler too. He picked 395 wickets with a best of 7/12. He was known to be hitter and hold the record of scoring the fastest century which was broken by Corey Anderson and later by AB De Villers.

5. Micheal Clarke (Australia)

Micheal Clarke was another legend who retired from One day Internationals in 2015. He played his first One day International against England in 2003. He has played 245 One day Internationals with an average of 44.58. His highest score in One day International cricket has been 130. He retired from One day International after the World Cup which Australia won. He was the captain of the One day International team and now he is the captain of the Test team. His contribution to the Australia has been immense.

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