On 10th March Mohammad Yousuf was banned for life by the Pakistan Cricket Board. On 29th March, Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket. Five months into his retirement, PCB sent a ‘sos’ to Yousuf to help out an inexperienced Pakistani batting line up in the seaming and swinging conditions of England. Yousuf returned and responded with a classy fifty, which went a long way in handing Pakistan a win in The Oval Test.
The Belgian tennis star retired from the game in May 2007, but returned to the court in 2009. In what was to be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of tennis, Clijster a wild-card entry at the 2009 US Open, ended up lifting the winner’s title. She also became only the second woman in the history of the sport, to ever a grand slam.
When world cricket grappled with the breakaway World Series in 1977, Bob Simpson, returned to captain the Australian side after a gap of nearly a decade. Coming out of retirement, at the age of 41, Simpson led the Aussies to a 3-2 series victory against the touring Indians. Bob’s powerful display with the bat showed that he had not lost his touch with the game even after ten years of staying away from the game. He racked up scores of 89, 176, 100 and 51 in the Test matches.
Michael Jordan’s basketball career has had its fair share of ups and downs. Jordan retired two times from the game. The first retirement in 1993 was largely because of his father’s murder early in year. However, after a brief sabbatical during which he dabbled with minor league baseball, Jordan returned to help out the struggling Chicago Bulls in NBA.
Lance Armstrong’s biggest fight was not against an opponent but himself. Armstrong battled with testicular cancer and survived to create a miracle of records in cycling. After staving off a fatal disease, it was no surprise that he went on to win Tour de France for a record seven times.
The Australian fast bowler wreaked havoc on batsmen with his pace and swing. But a series of never-ending stress fractures pegged back and almost threatened to finish off Lillee’s career. The pacer though, got stuck into a strict fitness regime and engineered a brilliant return to international cricket Lille ended his innings in cricket as the highest wicket taker in Test match cricket.
The heavyweight boxing champion was put behind the bars in 1992 on rape charges. But after three years of imprisonment Tyson was let off. And in his new found freedom Tyson made the most. The boxer minted close to $96 million worldwide on his return to the boxing ring.
After winning the Formula One championship in 1975, Niki Lauda retired prematurely from the sport in 1979, the reason being a terrible accident at Nurburgring. But the racer in him returned to the fore in 1982, when returned to the circuit with McLaren. In 1984 Lauda won the world title once again.
Zidane gave up football after heartbreak of a loss against Greece in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals. The retirement though was just a brief sojourn as Zidane returned in 2005 as the captain of the French national team. Shortly he completed 100 international caps and inspired his national side to a World Cup win in 2006.
Andre Agassi plummeted to 141 in the ATP World Rankings in 1997. But the bald-headed, earring sporting tennis star fashioned a brilliant comeback in two years. In 1999 Agassi rewrote history by winning the French Open. The American subverted a near defeat when he was two sets down against Andrei Medvedev and went on to lift the most revered title on clay court.