32 and retired?
People who retire from work aged 60 have trouble adjusting to their new life. A life where everyday isn't filled with spending time going to/from work, spending 8-10 hours at the workplace and being busy with work most of the time. A life probably spent reading the newspaper, watching TV, gardening, solving Sudoku puzzles, meeting up with other retired friends, being around with grandchildren occasionally, etc.
Imagine you're 32, as some of you who're reading this right now possibly are, and you're told by your doctor that you can't even think of working for the rest of the year
. What's more, in case the surgery doesn't work out, you can kiss your career goodbye!
What you've been upto has been a dream job - something millions of others can only dream of. You've been dreaming about the career since you were 12. You can't even think of some other job because you've never even considered an alternate career. It's the ONLY
thing you know! You'd be a misfit in most other places because of your specialized skills. You were hoping to do it for another 4-5 years. Suddenly, you're told to think of pursuing something else. How'd you feel?
Imagine you're Michael Vaughan.
Michael Vaughan is highly unlikely to go on England's tour to Australia later this year
to defend the 'Ashes'
. He will be having a surgery on his knee next week.
The problematic knee forced him to pull out of England's tour to India
, resulting in a captaincy change
. He didn't get fit in time for Sri Lanka's tour of England or for the disastrous
five game one-day series
against Sri Lanka. The last we heard of him, he was turning out for Yorkshire with moderate success
While I really hate the excuses England keeps giving
, I do pity Vaughan. At this stage, we're still not sure if he'll be back. Then again, there're several others who've come back from career threatening injuries
. I'm assuming, and hoping, he will, after the Ashes. But even then, it's tough to see him have a long career.
Reactions from Richard Hobson
, John Stern
, Paul Grunill
, David Hopps
, three ex-skippers: Gatting, Denness & Close
, and a trio of seamers, Angus Fraser
, Derek Pringle
and Mike Selvey