Over the years, world cricket has taken long strides. Indian cricket has certainly become a driving force of this robust revolution. The sport dominated by elitism to the sport that celebrates talent, it has undergone a significant transformation. With fitness and athleticism becoming the order of the day, every cricketing superstar needs to be on their toes regularly.
Unsurprisingly, the modern-day masters in the form of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma along with Jasprit Bumrah have advanced the standards to a different level altogether. While the trajectory of quality has gone up, every player is required to play out of their skins out on the cricketing field. However, age becomes a cruel devil for most of the experienced Indian cricketers.
Interestingly, MS Dhoni shook the world as he called it a day after an illustrious 16-year service to the Indian cricket. On that note, let us discuss the names of other professionals whose retirement remains on cards owing to their excessive ages.
The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly drew curtains on their cricketing career for belonging to over-aged groups. Notably, the below-mentioned names only talk about retirement from limited-overs cricket.
So, without any further ado, let’s peek into the names of the Indian cricketers:
1. Wriddhiman Saha (36 years)
The Bengal-based wicketkeeper-batsman debuted for India against South Africa back in 2010 in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Often, known as the superman for his exemplary glovework behind the stumps, he was the selector’s first choice after the cricketing legend MS Dhoni bid adieu to the white jersey in 2015.
Representing India in Test cricket under the leadership Virat Kohli, Saha has played 37 matches. He has scored 1238 runs at an ordinary average of 30.2. Although, he is currently facing tough competition from the youngster Rishabh Pant who performed brilliantly with the bat in the away series. Resultingly, he couldn’t find his name in the playing XI in the India tour of New Zealand in the four-match Test series.
If speculations are to be believed, Saha is expected to hang his boots in the limited-overs format of the game. Eventually, the right-hander will only focus on red-ball cricket. Of late, he is quarantining with the Indian contingent in Sydney ahead of the much-awaited India vs Australia series later this year. It is expected that the 36-year-old will leave no stones unturned to make a respectable mark in the heated series.
2. Parthiv Patel (35 years)
The Gujarat-born opener donned the national jersey way back in 2002 after his stupendous rendition in the Under-19 world cup. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman has had a roller-coaster career as he lost his place from the Indian squad. The promising Indian opener returned to action for the country in 2018 against the top cricketing nations.
Having featured in 25 matches, Patel has amassed 934 runs at an average of 31.3. Although there are talented cricketers who played his role in the team to perfection, he apparently lost his place once again owing to ordinary batting performance against South Africa in 2018. Parthiv managed to score meagre 18 runs in the 2 innings.
The pocket-size dynamite seems to be mulling to retire from the limited-overs cricket so that he can focus on playing for the five-day format in the days to come. It is a no-brainer that the poised persona possesses brilliant skills under his sleeves.
3. Ishant Sharma (32 years)
The Delhi-based speedster has mastered his craft over the years. The Test cricket mainstay is known for bowling long spells and grabbling the wickets with sheer pace and swing. Adding muscle and teeth to the Indian bowling line-up, the lanky superstar broke into the national side in 2007 against Bangladesh.
The 32-year-old bowled a career-best spell against England at Lord’s in 2014. Toppling the powering English batting line-up to the core, Ishant plucked 7 wickets at the expense of 74 runs only to help the team cross the winning mark. Eventually, he became a prime contender and leads the bowling attack against the best batting unit in the world.
However, he lost his berth in the ODIs and T20Is owing to various reasons; nobody can snatch his position in the Test team. Therefore, Ishant may retire from white-ball cricket in the upcoming days. Currently, he is recuperating from a serious injury which he sustained playing for Delhi Capitals in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.
4. Ajinkya Rahane (32 years)
The Maharashtra-born batting prodigy stormed into the Indian Test Team in 2013 against heavyweight Australia. Subsequently, he became a regular in the format after he slammed a scintillating century against England at Lord’s in 2014. Displaying his class and suave, he weathered the storm of terrific bowling duo-Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson.
The Indian vice-captain has statistics speaking wonders about his talent. Representing the Indian team in Test cricket for 65 matches, Rahane has accumulated 4203 runs at a stunning average of 42.88. The top-order batsman achieved respectable feet donning the blue jersey. However, he found it difficult to become a permanent player.
The 32-year-old may retire from the limited-overs owing to his higher age which is taking a toll on his temperament. Currently, he will be back in action against the formidable Aussies in the four-Test series in the latter’s home turf.
5. Cheteshwar Pujara (32 years)
Playing for the Saurashtra in the domestic circuit, Pujara has bagged a tag of a typical Test cricketer who can bat-all-day with sheer class and passion. The 32 -year-old got the International call back in 2010 against Australia. Bringing an attitude of patience and calmness into the side, the batting dynamo scored a gritty 72 in the second innings of his debut match which helped India to register a clinical victory.
Out of 77 appearances in Test cricket, Pujara has mustered 5804 runs at a stunning average of 48.7. Playing to the merit of the leather, his best performance came against the three lions in 2012 wherein he scored a massive 206 runs. Eventually, the terrific red-ball cricketer is expected to raise his hands in the overs-restrictive format of the game in the days to come.
Currently, he is preparing himself to start from where he left against Australia in 2018. It will be exciting to see Pujara take guards and leaving the right balls in the Test series which is set to hit the floors from 17th December in Adelaide.
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