Several cricketing greats, including the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar showered praise to the Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson, who recently retired from the international cricket, with the last test match played against New Zealand in Perth, Australia on Tuesday, 17th November.
"Good luck to Johnson who has always been a special bowler. Got to know him well at Mumbai Indians and enjoyed his aggressive approach!”, the Indian master blaster Tendulkar tweeted.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke tweeted, "What an athlete! One of the best I ever played with". Former Australian pace bowler Brett Lee tweeted, "A massive congratulations to Johnson on a wonderful career. It was incredible to play in the same team as you. Well done mate. Happy retirement! #legend". South Africa one-day captain AB de Villiers said, "Incredible athlete! Congrats on a magnificent career Johnson”.
The left-arm pacer, who is Australia's fourth highest Test wicket-taker, informed his teammates of the decision just at the previous night of his announcement of the retirement, saying that after 73 Tests he felt it was the right time to walk away from the game. Mitchell Johnson concluded his Test career with 313 wickets, scalping two in his last test match, and is behind Dennis Lillie (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708) on the list of Australia's greatest wicket-takers.
Johnson announced that he will retire from all forms of international cricket with the end of the second Test against New Zealand that concluded last Tuesday in Perth.
Announcing his retirement the fast bowler said, "I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment of playing for my country. It's been an incredible ride. But the ride has to come to an end at some point and to do so here at the WACA is very special".