Proteas women's wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty retires from all cricket

Proteas women's wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty retires from all cricket

Proteas women's wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty has announced her retirement from professional cricket due to a recurring back injury.

It brings an end to a ground-breaking, 21-year career in domestic and international cricket and follows that of former Proteas women's captain Dane van Niekerk.

After a promising provincial stint for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Cricket Union and the Dolphins in her early teenage years from 2002, Chetty broke into the South African national set-up in January 2007 at 18 years old before going on to become an all-time great of the game.

The now 34-year-old glove-woman concludes her career after racking up 138 caps in ODI cricket, to go along with 82 T20I appearances as well as two Test caps.

Behind the stumps, Chetty, who hails from Durban, accumulated an unparalleled 184 dismissals in ODI format, 46 scalps more than her nearest competitor, taking 133 catches and a world record-equalling 51 stumpings (tied with England's Sarah Taylor and Anju Jain from India).

In the shorter format, Chetty dismissed 70 batters (42 catches and 28 stumpings) after making her T20I debut in August 2007.

At the crease, the right-handed batter stacked up 2 703 ODI runs, including 16 half-centuries and a top score of 95 against Ireland in 2016.

Meanwhile in the T20 format, Chetty recorded 1 117 runs at a strike rate of 88.09, adding five fifties.

Amongst the remarkable achievements in Chetty's career, she also became only the second player to notch up a half-century and make five dismissals in a match in Women's ODIs when she scored 53 and grabbed four catches and a stumping against Sri Lanka in 2013.

She featured in four 50-over World Cups (2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022) as well as all but one (2018 – injured) Women's T20 World Cup between 2009 and 2020, playing a key role with the gloves to help the Proteas achieve four semi-final appearances across the two formats.

Chetty's retirement statement is as follows:

"I can still remember the incredible feeling I had back in 2007 as I walked over the boundary rope, dressed in green and gold for the first time.

"For the past 16 years, it has been a privilege to represent my country and play for the Proteas, and that feeling has never gone away - each time I pulled on my South African kit I felt honoured to be doing so.

"But now, due to a recurring back injury for the past 5 years, the time has come for me to hang up my boots and let the gloves catch dust.

"I have tried everything to keep playing and have pushed as hard as I can but my body is signalling that it has no more to give and it is time to retire from all forms of cricket.

"This was not an easy decision for me, and even now, I can’t quite believe my career is over. However, my cricket career has been a life-changing experience and I look back with no regrets and a full heart.

"I am extremely grateful to my mum and dad, family, and friends for being there for me through all the ups and downs, the successes, and the losses. Without my support system, I would never have been able to take this journey.

"I would also like to thank CSA, KZN Cricket Union, SACA, coaches, support staff and teammates throughout my career for the impact and influence you have had. You have all made the journey such an amazing one.

"Cricket has taught me about life, being disciplined, what it means to be professional and how to be a team player. For this, I will always be grateful. And I choose to continue to be grateful for cricket as I retire and transition into the next chapter of my life.

"Lastly, thank you to the fans for all your undying support over the years. I will never forget it."