Michael Clarke: Considered to be one of Australia's greatest players ever, Clarke led his side to the fifth World Cup victory. He announced his ODI retirement after winning the 2015 World Cup whereas Ashes proved to be his last Test series. Clarke has played 115 Tests, 245 ODIs and 34 T20Is for his country.

Mahela Jayawardene: One of the finest batsmen against spin bowling, the Sri Lanka great retired from ODIs after World Cup 2015, just like Clarke. He holds a lot of records to his name, which includes the most number of run-outs in ODI cricket and most number of catches (218 catches in 448 matches).

Kumar Sangakkara: Mahela Jayawardene wasn't the only Sri lankan great to announce the retirement this March. He was accompanied by Kumar Sangakkara. Playing at consecutive numbers for the Sri Lankan side, their combined retirement left their team desperately looking for suitable replacements. Sangakkara is Sri Lanka's most successful Test batsman, having hit 12,305 runs over 132 matches. In terms of number of innings, he was also the quickest batsman to 8000, 9000, 10,000 (equal with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara), 11,000 and 12,000 runs.

Daniel Vettori: Former New Zealand captain and current head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vettori took a retirement from all formats of the game in 2015. He played a total of 113 Tests, 295 ODIs and 34 T20Is in his career.

Virender Sehwag: This aggresive Indian opening batsman announced retirement in October this year after being dropped from the team for long. Out of form Sehwag was forced to retire from the game, but the country still remembers him as the most feared Indian batsmen who did not adhere to any specific rule in terms of technicalities.

Zaheer Khan: Most successful Indian Test bowler after Kapil Dev, Zaheer became the second Indian cricketer to take retirement this year. He played 200 ODIs and 92 Tests in his injury-hit career.

Mitchell Johnson: The left arm fast bowler is Australia's fourth-highest Test wicket-taker, with 313 in 73 matches, and also took 239 one-day wickets. The cricketer has played 73 Tests and 153 ODIs in his entire career.

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