The 2019 World Cup will see a few ODI careers coming to an end. Few veteran players are in the twilight of their careers and would look to sign off on a high in 2019 World Cup. Even if their team gets knocked out before the semi-finals, they would like to make a big impression on the big stage before signing off their ODI careers. And there is no better stage than World Cup to show for one last time what stuff these players are made of.
Cricwizz takes a look at five players who are likely to end their ODI careers after 2019 World Cup.
Although the former Indian skipper has not confirmed he will be hanging up his boots after the World Cup, it’s highly unlikely he will continue further than this premier tournament. Although he has the support of captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri, and the team management, it’s still only till the World Cup as India would need the experience of Dhoni to help the team out in such a big tournament.
Dhoni’s big hitting is also on the wane and he knows his time is running out. He does not want a farewell match and would just walk into the sunset just like that. He might continue playing IPL though.
With Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, W Saha as suitable replacements for Dhoni, India have back-ups to replace the ageing cricketer.
A reliable batting all-rounder for South Africa, JP Duminy has announced the 2019 World Cup will put an end to his ODI career, although he will continue to play T20Is for his country. Duminy is already retired from Tests and First-Class cricket.
And retirement from ODIs will see him prolong his T20 career and make himself available for various teams in domestic T20 tournaments. Duminy’s loss in ODIs will hurt South Africa but not for long as they have talented and quality cricketers coming up the ranks occasionally.
But Duminy would look to go out on a bang in the World Cup and help his team in a quest for a maiden World Cup title.
Like JP Duminy, Imran Tahir too has chosen to retire from ODIs after the World Cup, but he would continue to make himself available for T20Is. At 39, Tahir is one of the oldest serving international cricketers at the moment.
His decision to retire from ODIs is more to prolong his T20 career and play in various domestic T20 tournaments. He is also part of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 and would lead the spin attack for the defending champions.
He also plies his trade for Bangladesh Premier League, Carribean Premier League, and other domestic tournaments. His exit from ODIs will help him focus on his T20 career.
But he will be missed for his over-passionate celebration, running till the edge of the ground, after taking a wicket in ODIs.
Chris Gayle also announced he would retire from ODIs after the World Cup. But his man-of-the-series performance in the 2-2 draw vs England at home recently made him say that he could ‘un-retire’. However, he said he’ll see how his body copes up and he will take it slowly.
Gaye smashed two fifties and two tons in 4 innings, aggregating 424 runs @ 106 in the ODI series over England.
But it’s highly unlikely that the West Indian will continue playing ODIs after the World Cup as Gayle plays various T20 tournaments across the globe.
Continuing with his ODI career after the World Cup will see him lose out on his T20 contracts amidst the pay dispute with the West Indies cricket board. Hence, Gayle too is likely to hang up his boots after the World Cup in ODIs.
The Pakistan veteran has announced in June last year itself that he will retire from ODIs after the World Cup. But his form with the bat since then has been below-average. He averages 29.83 in 2018 with 2 fitties in 17 matches. In 2019, he averages 23.75 in 5 matches so far.
But Pakistan would like to have their experienced batsman in their line-up in the World Cup and give him a last chance at glory. Will Malik live up to the expectations?
All eyes will be on Malik when Pakistan take on India in World Cup, if the match does go ahead, as the veteran batsman has always scored runs against India across all formats.