IPL 2021: Ex-KKR pacer Harry Gurney hangs boots due to shoulder injury

IPL 2021, Harry Gurney
IPL 2021: Ex KKR seamer Harry Gurney retires from cricket. (IPL 2020)

IPL 2021: Former England and Kolkata Knight Riders left-arm seamer Harry Gurney announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday due to a long-standing shoulder injury. The 34-year-old had suffered the injury last year that forced him to miss Nottinghamshire’s successful T20 Blast campaign and the IPL for KKR. He could not recover from the injury completely and therefore decided to hang his boots.

The time has arrived for me to hang up my boots,” he said as quoted by Cricket World. “After trying to recover from the recent injury to my shoulder, I am truly disappointed to have to end my playing career as a result of it,” Gurney said.

“From the first time I picked up a cricket ball at the age of ten, I was completely obsessed. Cricket has been my life for 24 years and has taken me on an incredible journey that I will cherish forever,” Harry Gurney added.

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“Playing for England, in the IPL and winning eight trophies at home and abroad including the Blast, Big Bash and CPL has exceeded my wildest dreams. I always prepared for leaving cricket and I have discovered a new path in business that gives me the same excitement that I felt when I discovered the game all those years ago,” Gurney added.

Gurney made his international debut in the 50-over format against Scotland in May 2014. His final appearance for England also came in the same year against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Overall, he has played 10 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England, but over the years attained more recognition as a T20 globetrotter. He has won the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades and the Caribbean Premier League with Barbados Tridents. He also represented KKR in the 2019 edition where he picked up seven wickets in eight games. Overall, he finishes his career with 614 wickets across formats.