The year 2016 is gone and left us with memories both to cherish and to forget. Even the sporting world had its own share of ups and down. The main highlight being the Rio Summer Olympics while the side-kicks being World T20 and the Euro 2016. Some results were unexpected and surprising like Portugal winning the Euro, Leicester City winning the Barclays Premier League, Carlos Braithwaite hitting 4 consecutive sixes to make West Indies T20 champion. Pipping China to 2nd in the medals tally in Olympics and what, not more.
2016 also had it’s fair share of controversies not less than Sepp Blatter embroiled in corruption charges. But what shook the sporting world most were some of the retirements – unexpected and unwanted. These retirements did two things, first and foremost left a void in the sporting arena and second, Opened the gates for new talent to come take their place and continue the never ending cycle. Let’s see the list of top 5 shocking retirements of 2016.
Top 5 Shocking Retirements of 2016
1. Michael Phelps
Probably the biggest name in sporting arena, this legendary swimmer called it a day after 2016 Rio Olympics. Just to gauge the greatness of this man, if Phelps were a country, then that country would have been ranked 35 in the all time list of medal winners in the summer Olympics, INCREDIBLE!!!. This champion has broken all records in swimming and set some which will take a life-time to break. He retired after winning his 23rd gold. We just wish him a happy 2nd retired life (he had retired earlier in 2012).
2. Abhinav Bindra
The golden boy of India.The first Indian to win an individual Gold in Olympics, this shooter really leaves a void in the Indian Shooting arena.The ace shooter retired after coming tantalizingly close in winning his second medal at the Olympics in Rio. The recipient of all the major sporting awards in our country, this master shooter look forward to train budding athletes in India.
3. Nico Rosberg
Surely the most shocking retirement of the year. This Mercedes Driver retired after winning his first F1 championship. Only the second father-son duo to win the F1 championship this German left a void in the F1 world. Many consider his not so cordial relationship with his more famed teammate Lewis Hamilton as a reason for him retiring. Whatever be the reason we surely will miss this fantastic driver.
4. Kobe Bryant
Black Mamba, as he his lovingly called, Kobe made the sport of basketball poorer after his retirement.3rd in the all time NBA scoring list, Kobe had a fittingly final match in which he scored a mammoth 60 points to lead his team to victory. The sporting world will miss this Gentleman and always respect him for the services he has provided to Basketball.
5. Brendon McCulum
This wicketkeeper – batsman changed all existing views about New Zealand Cricket team. An aggressive captain he led his team fearlessly to new heights with the high-point being the final of 2015 World Cup. His final international match against Australia saw him score the fastest test 100, a picture-perfect end to a picture perfect International Career.