Age is quite a massive factor in cricket. While it is a cliched phrase that age is just a number, it doesn’t completely hold true in case of this sport. As a player gets older, his reflexes get slower. The hand-eye coordination won’t be as good as it used to be earlier. Thus, we often see players who are a part of the current World Cup squad not making it for the next edition. A Cricket World Cup comes only once in every four years.
This essentially means that a cricketer gets four years older between two mega events. While the possibility that a cricketer in his 20s would make it to the squad in the next edition is quite high, the odds decrease significantly for the players who approach their mid-30s.
Even though there are various other factors on which this depends, age is something that no one can ignore. Hence, five of the Indian cricketers in the World Cup 2019 squad might not make it to the World Cup 2023 team.
Here are the cricketers who might not make it to the World Cup 2023 squad for India:
1. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Over the last few days, there has been a lot of chatter about the retirement of MS Dhoni. The former Indian captain, after winning 2011 World Cup, expressed doubts if he’d play the 2015 edition of the tournament. However, he’s done really well to push himself to this point. Dhoni is 38 years old now.
Also, he is no more the kind of a finisher that he used to be. Thus, it is fair to say that it’d be nearly impossible for MS Dhoni to play in another World Cup. He’d be 42 by then and many believe that his retirement announcement is just around the corner.
Having said that, there is a possibility of him being with the team in the upcoming few months to groom Rishabh Pant who is expected to take over. It will also be interesting to see if the veteran will take part in the T20 World Cup 2020.
2. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Dinesh Karthik debuted for Team India even before MS Dhoni did. He’s been around for quite a long time now and was also a part of the 2007 World Cup squad. However, he didn’t get to play any games in that tournament. After a painstakingly long wait, Karthik finally made his debut in World Cup 2019.
While he did not play any game-changing knocks in the limited opportunity he had, he might carry on a few years more once MSD retires. However, the probability that DK makes it to the World Cup 2023 squad is quite less. With youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan rising up the ranks, the Tamil Nadu cricketer could have well played his last World Cup.
Moreover, the reports are doing the rounds stating that Karthik might not be picked for the West Indies ODIs either. But the wicket-keeper batsman might still keep playing the T20Is as he is one of the key players of the team.
3. Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kedar Jadhav started off his international career in a grand fashion. He has got tons of runs under his belt in domestic cricket. But at the highest level, it has been a rollercoaster ride for him. Kedar did extremely well on a few instances and also gave the captain the sixth bowling option. He used to be the man with a golden arm for India.
However, in World Cup 2019, his influence was pretty much limited. Thus, he was also out of the eleven for a few games towards the end. While he might continue to play for a few more years, Kedar is already 34 and it will be quite a difficult task for him to prolong his career till 2023 given his fitness levels.
He is also injury prone which makes it tough for Kedar to be around. He is also not the part of the T20I team and it shouldn’t be a surprise if he announces the retirement in the next few months or so.
4. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
The man for the ICC tournaments, Shikhar Dhawan, was unlucky to have got injured quite early in the World Cup 2019. Thus, he had to be ruled out bringing an end to many dreams. However, by the time he got injured, Shikhar already scored a mind-boggling hundred despite playing with a broken finger.
The chances of Dhawan playing the World Cup 2023 are 50-50. The left-hander is 33 years old now but is quite fit. But it gets quite unpredictable with the injuries and form of a player. Four years is a long time and one cannot say with certainty that the Indian opener will feature in the next edition of the tournament as well.
Dhawan is currently recovering from his thumb injury and might go on to play the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. However, the 50-over World Cup looks a long way away for him and the southpaw will have to decide soon if he will be around after four years as the team will be built on that basis.
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma had a dream outing in World Cup 2019. No other player in the history has scored 5 centuries in a single edition of the tournament. The 32-year-old finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament and was nearly unstoppable. He consistently provided the team with terrific starts and had a huge role in helping the side get to the semis.
Of late, there have also been demands about Rohit leading the Indian team in white-ball cricket. While the chances that he will play the World Cup 2023 are quite high compared to others on this list, you never know how a player performs as he ages. Thus, there could also be a possibility that Rohit might have already played his last World Cup.
Quite a few Indian players will have to make some tough decisions in the upcoming years keeping in mind the next World Cup which is set to be played in India. While Rohit looks certainty as of now, nobody knows what future has in store for him.
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