Each and every sports personality are not secured of their position at the top level forever. They will have a dip in form, consistency and get dropped from the team, may get injured and be out of action for a long time, might be banned for disciplinary reasons. A player who comes back and maintains his consistency is regarded as the greatest. Here are the list of five sportsmen who make a stunning comeback after a long absence.
Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson impressed everyone when he made his International debut for Australia in 2005. Since then, he has been Australia’s premier pacer across all formats. He had a hard 2012 and was dropped out of the team. He was not included in the Australian side for the 2013 Ashes in England and later made a comeback later that year. He was named to face England in 2013-14 Ashes and signalled a stunning comeback. He bowled fast, was lethal, deadly and destroyed each and every English batsman. He ended the tournament with 37 wickets from 5 tests. In the subsequent series against South Africa, he helped the Aussies become the only team to defeat South Africa in a series in five years.
Just before the 2007 French Open, Belgian Tennis star Kim Clijsters announced her retirement from the game owing to the birth of her child. Two years later during an exhibition match for the inauguration of Wimbledon Roofs, she revealed in a press conference that she is planning to make a comeback ahead of the 2009 US Open. Eventually she got a wild card for the tournament and became the first wildcard entrant to enter into the finals of the US Open. She created history as he became the first wildcard entrant and unranked player to win a Grand Slam. With the victory in the US Open, Clijsters made an outstanding comeback to the tennis circuit. She eventually announced her retirement 2012.
Justin Henin, almost did a Kim Clijsters in the 2010 Australian Open for which she made a comeback after announcing her retirement in 2008. After seeing her country mate and friend Clijsters winning the US Open on her return, she got inspired by it and announced her arrival to the scene ahead of the Australian Open in 2010. She got a wild card for the tournament and followed the footsteps of Clijsters in the 2009 US Open. She made it to the finals where she eventually lost to Serena Williams in three sets. She finally announced her retirement in 2011.
Arsenal and Welsh footballer Aaron Ramsey made a sensational comeback after his career threatening leg injury in 2010. After Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross’ dangerous tackle that caused a double fracture in his right lower leg. The injury was very scary as he was said to have injured his tibia and fidula. Eight months after the injury, Ramsey came back with a bang. In order to gain match fitness, Ramsey was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City. After getting a contract extension in 2012, Ramsey moved to another level. HE became the flavour of Arsenal fans. Courtesy a rise in form, he cemented his place in the Gunners starting XI and was awarded the player of the match on consecutive occasions. 2013-2014 season changed the fortunes of Aaron Ramsey. Initially it was Ramsey’s heroics that made Arsenal to go to the top of the table before sustaining a thigh injury which made him miss three months. After coming back from injury, Ramsey helped Arsenal win a trophy after 9 years when he scored an extra time winner in the FA Cup Finals. He eventually went on to win the Arsenal Player of the season.
King of Comebacks. The name alone is enough to describe how good Ganguly was when he made his comebacks.