Stephan Myburgh retires from international cricket

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07 Nov 2022 | 11:54 AM
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Stephan Myburgh retires from international cricket

He made the announcement a day after the Netherlands defeated South Africa to knock them out of the 2022 T20 World Cup

Netherlands' left-handed batter Stephan Myburgh has announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday (November 7). The 38-year-old made the announcement a day after the Netherlands defeated South Africa to knock them out of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

The opener slammed a 30-ball 37 and helped his team post a competitive total of 158/4 in their 20 overs. In reply, South Africa could only manage 145/8. With that win and Pakistan beating Bangladesh, the Men in Orange gained direct qualification for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

"Hanging up the boots… To God be the glory!!! Blessed to have made my first class debut 17 seasons ago and international debut 12 seasons ago. Never in my dreams would I have imagined finishing my career at the World Cup with a win against @cricket_south_africa_ my blood will always be green," Myburgh wrote in a post on Instagram.  

"As much as a sportsman always want to win I had a tear for my beloved country. I am thankful for @kncbcricket and the Netherlands that's now my home and have too many people to thank for my career. Jesus, @tineke.myburgh , friends and family, sponsors and all the supporters out there I can only say thanks!!! #GodIsGood #Blessed can't wait to see my girls (sic)."

Myburgh made his international debut in September 2011 and went on to play 22 ODIs and 45 T20Is for the Netherlands. He scored close to 1500 runs and made nine half-centuries in his international career. The left-hander had already announced his retirement from ODIs earlier this year.

One of his best knocks came against Ireland in the 2014 T20 World Cup. The Netherlands needed to chase down 190 in 14 overs to make it to the next round against Ireland in the 2014 edition. Knowing very well as to what was at stake, Myburgh raced 63 off just 23 deliveries and put on 91 for the first wicket with his skipper Peter Borren, which set up the match for his side.

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