The 12th edition of the World Cup saw many of the celebrated cricketers take the field for the final time. Most of these stars enjoyed a successful international career and their telling contributions helped the game grow. It was an emotional moment for the players and they made it a memorable one by ending their saga at the biggest stage.
On the other hand, certain individuals decided to continue their cricketing tourney. It will be impossible for them to play the next edition but their love for the game has not allowed them to walk away easily. Though they are some of the best cricketing talents age has caught up with them and they will be hanging their boots soon.
Here is the list of 5 players who are on the verge of retirement
1) Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
The charismatic Windies opener Chris Gayle is the only player in the current scenario to have made his international debut in the 20th century. For over two decades, Gayle has been entertaining the cricketing fraternity with his power game and dance moves on the field. He can be considered the pioneer of T20 cricket as his hitting skills brought the aura to the shorter format.
He is a cricketer who still can tear apart bowling attacks at his will. The southpaw is one of the few players who has amassed more than 10000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Along with it, Gayle has also scored close to 13000 runs in franchise T20 cricket.
Gayle was supposed to retire at the end of 2019 World Cup but the Jamaican gave a last-minute surprise by changing his decision. He made himself available for the future West Indies ties. The Universe Boss will play the upcoming ODI series against the visiting Indian team and maybe a one-off Test match before bowing out in style.
2) Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla. (Photo Source: Twitter)
One of the most under-rated cricketers of the 21st century is the South African batting maverick, Hashim Amla. In his prime, he was the crisis man of Proteas as he routinely stood up for the team in crunch situations. He is a rare cricketing gem for the African nation with his ability to adapt to different kinds of bowling attacks and dominated all of them.
Along with batting, his on-field etiquettes truly defined the meaning of gentlemen’s game. The right-hander is the proud owner of numerous batting records as he has accumulated over 18,500 international runs. Amla was the first permanent non-white captain of Proteas when he was assigned the captaincy role after the retirement of Graeme Smith.
The Mighty Hash looked a pale shadow of himself in the 2019 World Cup. His failure was one of the reasons why the side was knocked out in the group stages. South Africa is set to play two Test series later in the year including one against England on home soil and Amla might consider calling it a day at the end of the series.
3) MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni dismissal. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Indian cricket has always produced superstars and in this decade it was the story of a small-town boy lifting the World Cup on the night of 2nd April 2011 at Wankhede. MS Dhoni has won all the important championships while leading Men in Blue and above all the hearts of billion people. He has inspired a generation and his contributions to world cricket are invaluable.
The cricketing fraternity will remember Captain Cool as a cricketer who provided them the edge of the seat thrillers. Dhoni has played more than 500 international games and all his runs are worth gold dust as it came whenever the team needed them most. Still, he is serving the Indian team by guiding the youngsters in the side.
In 2019 World Cup, it was again in Dhoni’s hands to lead the team to World Cup final but he fell short by an inch shattering the dreams of millions of supporters. After the game, the fans were expecting the legend to bid farewell at the grandest stage. At the end like his batting, there was a twist in the tail when he announced a two month sabbatical from the game and now he might retire with a formal statement.
4) Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Sri Lanka has witnessed some of the greatest cricketing stories and Lasith Malinga’s journey is one of them. The speedster led the bowling attack of Lankan Lions in 4 ODI World Cups. He was the skipper when the team won its maiden T20 title in 2014. In short, he did everything possible to bring the laurels to Sri Lankan cricket and was a pearl from the island nation located in the Indian ocean.
Till this date, Malinga is a trump card for Sri Lanka and his wicket-taking abilities are second to none. His unusual action coupled with deadly yorkers and slow ball variations has earned him close to 550 international scalps. He has also scaled over 350 wickets in franchise T20 cricket and is still a marquee player for most of the sides.
With 13 dismissals in 7 matches, the Rathgama Express was at full speed in the 2019 World Cup. Lasith Malinga is in his last cricketing chapter in ODIs and might want to end the tale on a positive note. He’s ready to play a few more T20Is before bowing out.
5) Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Photo Source: Twitter)
In recent times, Bangladesh cricket has risen to a new level and some of the credit should go their ODI skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza. Having made his international debut almost two decades ago he has been a torchbearer for the Asian team. From leading the bowling unit to marshaling the side Mashrafe has found success in all the departments. He has represented Bangla tigers in four 50-over World Cups.
During his initial days, he was a strike force with ball in his hand but injuries slowed him down. Then he served as a stock bowler in the latter half of his career but managed to pick up close to 400 international wickets. His captaincy was also an important part as he shaped the future of the nation’s cricket by nurturing talented youngsters of the side.
The 2019 World Cup was one of the fruitful campaigns of Bangladesh in ICC events but Mashrafe didn’t enjoy his time in English summer. He bowled a total of 56 overs for a solitary wicket and was leaking runs consistently. He has denied his retirement rumors but he will not be traveling to Sri Lanka for the ODI leg owing to his injury. Very soon he will be planning to bring down curtains on his career in a home series.
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