Cricket the word is enough to create a spunk in any Indian. It is not less than a religion in India that flows in the artery of every Indian. Not just a sport, but being an emotion, it has created many memories in our heart. ICC ‘World Cup‘ being the biggest festival of the Cricket is treated beyond it’s worth.
When someone says World Cup, the voice of Ravi Shastri automatically vocalises in our hearts saying, “And Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lifts the world cup after 28 years.” That moment is a nostalgic and wistful memory, stored in every Indian’s heart.
During our childhood, at least once every kid might have dreamt about becoming a gentleman of Cricket, but not all succeed, The 11 men standing on the field work extremely hard to make the nation proud. They had generated a spark of being a Cricketer.
Imagining about the retirement of our childhood heroes is moreover like a terrifying thought. We wish to see our favourites forever on the field. But since every product has an expiry date, retirement is also a harsh reality.
Even the ‘God of Cricket’, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has faced it. Similarly, the World Cup 2019 is expected to be the last World Cup for the cricketers listed below:
1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Being a die-hard fan of ‘Thala’, it is very disappointing to for all of us to recall this name. The Best Captian in the Cricket history ever, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expected to retire soon after the World Cup. Although no official announcement is made yet.
He has possibly registered all ICC trophies under his name. Also labelled as the ‘Best finisher’ in the history of Cricket is about to finish off his career innings and winning the World Cup 2019 will give it a stylish end.
MSD is popularly known for his calmness and lightning-quick gestures. He has played 530 international matches and has scored more than 17000 runs with a wicket in his records. Although he has the most number of stumpings in his account, he is never seen wicket-keeping during the net session.
His form became a big reason to talk, but before the IPL, he’s proved everyone wrong and did a great job this season. With the kind of form, he is in he’s become a reason to worry for the other teams, not only because of his batting or his lethal work behind the wickets but the amount of experience he has can easily foray any team. He has been a great asset to the team. We hope he carry ‘s out his form this way in the world cup and make the nation proud again.
2) Chris Gayle
Jamaicans are known well for their wholeheartedness and highlighting the true sportsman spirit. Gayle has always remained the perfect example throughout his career. He has always been humorous, game changer and a treat to watch for the spectators.
We all still remember his match against Afghanistan. Afghans defeated them by 6 runs during the T-20 World Cup 2016. Still, Gayle was spotted dancing and celebrating with them.
This destructive giant has always been polite and notorious on the field. He has been a great entertainer throughout the IPL. Known for his batting skills, he has this major contribution in bowling too.
In his 451 international matches, he has scored more than 1900 runs and took 255 wickets. On 18 February 2019, the 39-year-old announced his retirement from ODI’s soon after the World Cup.
3) Dale Steyn
The 35-year-old African pacer was expected to be seen on the ground lastly during the World Cup 2019 but was unfortunately ruled out of the tournament due to the shoulder injury.
Steyn overtopped the ICC test rankings for a record period of 263 weeks between 2008 to 2014. Since his debut, he has been impressive through his pace and swing. He has always been the backbone of African pace attack. Currently, he is the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Test Cricket.
He has played 262 international matches and took 696 wickets. He has made more than 1600 runs too. He will always be remembered for his contribution and excellency towards cricket.
Steyn is suffering from a shoulder injury and is expected to soon after the World Cup. If this happens, it would be a sad ending for this legendary bowler’s career.
4) Mohammad Imran Tahir
The 40-year-old right-arm leg spinner played for Pakistan Under-19 Cricket team before joining the South African team. Eventually, he turned out to be among the greatest spinners African squad ever had.
The IPL sensation Tahir is well-known for his iconic marathon wicket celebration. Tahir is one of the calmest, composed and experienced player playing the World Cup 2019. Tahir is the first African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI for his country. He is the fastest African bowler to take 100 wickets (58 Innings) in ODI’s.
He is the fastest African bowler to take 50 wickets in T-20. He has played a total of 158 international matches for South Africa and took 286 wickets. Unfortunately, in March 2019, he announced to quit ODI matches after the World Cup.
5) Lasith Malinga
The 35-year-old Sri Lankan “Slinga” pacer is famous for his unorthodox and unique action which allows him to bowl the unplayable yorkers. He has been one of the greatest Lankan pacers of all time and death over specialist.
He is the only bowler in Cricket history to take four wickets in four consecutive deliveries. He is the only bowler to take three hat-tricks in the history of One Day International till date, out of which two were during the World Cups.
He has played 323 international matches and played out batsmen on 523 occasions. Already retired from Test Cricket, Malinga has revealed that he would quit the limited overs cricket after contesting in T-20 World Cup in 2020. In a press conference after the defeat against South Africa in March, Malinga quoted, “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career. So it is the last World Cup of Malinga too.
6) Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik being an all-rounder has played many crucial knocks with the bat and of course, bowled some great bowling spells. Shoaib has always performed well in pressure enabled situations for Pakistan. He is a composed batsman who builds his innings according to the situation and has an eneormous variety of shots.
The 37-year-old Pakistani Cricketer has made his contribution in 430 International matches. He has made more than 11600 runs and has grasped 218 wickets throughout his career.
During a press conference in June 2018 at Lahore, Malik announced retirement from ODI soon after the World Cup. He quoted, “The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50 over cricket.”