Cricket is a religion in India and there is no two ways about that fact.
So ita��s only a given that the cricketers are treated like gods by the fans who celebrate every success with them.A�But sometimes, only sometimes if those same gods dona��t do well, we go ballistic. We start throwing bottles on grounds that were once considered hallowed places. We start insulting and threaten the very people we once worshipped. So much so that the gods get sick and tired and decide to walk away from the game itself. As Sorabh Pant once said, ‘Cricket for us is a religion. And, we are all a bunch of Jihadis!’
The five names below were once legends of the game, and all retired from different formats of the game, all thanks to a�?excessivea�? criticism and fan pressure. And with all of four of the Great Indian batting quartet in this list, it certainly says somethinga��
- VVS Laxman
A part of the Great Indian Batting quartet, VVS Laxman was one of the finest batsmen ever to wear an Indian shirt. He waved goodbye to his career after a string of bad performances saw the Indian fans say that he should give way to the new generation. He did so with grace in 2012 after having given more 16 odd years of his life to cricket.