Top Players Who Will Not Make It To 2023 World Cup (Part 1)
In this series of articles, we will take a look at the top players who will retire from World Cup action after this year’s competition. In other words, this is the last time the fans and cricket bettors can expect to see them play a World Cup.
World Cup Semi-Finals Beckon
Cricket bettors can still place their wagers on the first semi-final which is match between India (4/11) and New Zealand (5/2). The first semi-final takes place on 09 July and India are the betting favourites to win. The second semi-final takes place on 11 July as Australia (6/5) face their arch-rivals and hosts England (8/11) on 11 July.
Hosts England are favourites to make it to the finals and go on to lift the World Cup. In fact, they have been the bookmakers favourites even before the World Cup commenced. Despite aa few hiccups along the way, they continue to be the 2019 ICC World Cup favourites.
Indian Players To Retire From World Cup Action
The World Cup is the biggest stage in international cricket. Millions of cricketing fans from around the world eagerly tune in to watch their favourite players in action. Meanwhile, the 2019 ICC World Cup will be the last World Cup for a number of players.
There are players who have decided to call time on the international ODI career once the World Cup is done. These players will not feature during the next World Cup, either. We therefore look at the players likely to retire in the next few years from each team. This will subsequently be a three part series that covers the 10 teams that participated in the World Cup.
India has the biggest fan base in the world with 1.2 billion people supporting the team back in India. Not to mention, the millions of more Indian fans spread out across the World. Y Singh, who won the Man of the Series award in 2011 after he helped India win the World Cup, retired during the 2019 World Cup.
– MS Dhoni
There are rumours circulating that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will call it a day after the World Cup. MS Dhoni has preferred to avoid giving the media a direct answer regarding his retirement. He has, however, fueled speculation that he will pull the curtain on his ODI career soon as the World Cup is over.
MSD, as he is affectionately, called celebrated his 38th birthday during the World Cup. Nevertheless, he has been under immense pressure from the media and fans due to his inability to hit big shots at the death and rotate the strike. That being said, MS Dhoni will go down as one of the best ever in Indian cricket. He captained the side for most of his international career and led India to victory during the 2011 World Cup. His legion of fans will miss him dearly when he does retire from World Cup action.
– Shikhar Dhawan
The dashing left handed batsman hit a fantastic century against the Australians during the playoff games. That helped India win the match and earned him a Man of the Match award. He had to skip the rest of the tournament, though. That’s because of a finger injury sustained during the game against Australia. S Dhawan will turn 34 in December and is likely to play for a couple more years. Still, it is highly unlikely that he will represent India at the 2023 World Cup.
In Part 2 and Part 3, we take a look at more players who will retire after this World Cup, as well as those who are unlikely to make it to the 2023 ICC World Cup!