The players come and go but only a few of them remained in the heart. ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest cricketing extravaganza in the world, however, at the end of it, a number of cricketers will bid farewell to the game. In the 2015 edition, we saw a number of cricketers bid adieu to cricket including Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Michael Clarke, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara to name a few.
Today, we look at some of the probable names who will be playing their last major ICC event.
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs soon after Pakistan ended their World Cup 2019 campaign at The Lord’s in London.
The 37-year-old has played 284 ODIs with 7526 runs in the format including nine centuries and 44 fifties. He also picked 158 in his ODI career.
Imran Tahir has already announced before the World Cup that he will retire from ODI cricket after the mega event.
The veteran leg-spinner picked 11 wickets in nine games of ICC World Cup 2019. South Africa’s long-time number 1 spinner has sent 173 players back to the pavilion in 107 matches.
The most underrated and talented cricketer JP Duminy has also announced to retire from cricket after this World Cup. He has played 194 ODIs for his country.
Former captain and one of the most successful bowlers for the Lankans, Lasith Malinga has also said that T20 World Cup in 2020 will be his swansong event. Malinga grabbed 335 scalps in 225 ODIs including three hat-tricks while his best figures are 6 for 38.
The Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is most likely to part ways with ODI cricket after this event. The 35-year-old has represented Bangladesh in 209 ODIs having debuted in 2001.
South Africa’s failure at the World Cup has put the spotlight on the senior members of the team – none more so than Hashim Amla. Having picked up the pace in recent matches, Amla failed to deliver, however – when it mattered the most.
Amla’s scores of 13, 6, and 6 in South Africa’s opening 3 games cost the Proteas dear as they further cemented their ‘choker’ reputation. Captain Du Plessis has reaffirmed Amla’s commitment to keep going despite calls for him to retire and in stark contrast to compatriot Tahir, Hashim Amla’s future post Cricket World Cup 2019 is far from clear.
The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ has had a decent World Cup, even though the Windies have been embarrassed by the huge gulf in class.
Gayle had confirmed his decision to retire from ODI’s back in February but appears to have performed a sensational u-turn – indicating his desire to play ‘at least one’ test match against India, as well the ODI series against them. However, he last played a test match 5 years ago and such outlandish claims may well be without any substance in them. With Chris Gayle though, you just never know.
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17 November, 2019