Top Players Who Will Not Make It To 2023 World Cup (Part 2)
In Part 1, we discussed a number of different players who will retire from World Cup action after this year’s competition. Many of them have already announced that they will be retiring from ODI cricket once the World Cup is over. Meanwhile, others will continue to play for a year or two, but know that they will not make it to the 2023 World Cup in India. In Part 2, we will take a look at players from four more countries, and why this could be the end of the road for them.
World Cup Semi-Final Odds
But before we do that, let us remind you that India are the betting favourites (1.28) against New Zealand (3.60) in the first semi-final, while England are the sportsbooks favourites (1.73) for the second semi-final where they take on Australia (2.10).
Players To Retire From World Cup Action
– Ross Taylor
The former New Zealand skipper will be very eager to contribute with the bat and help New Zealand win their first World Cup. Ross Taylor is now 35 years old and has been playing ODI cricket since March 2006. He hasn’t been in the greatest of form, though. He also knows that at best he has another year or two of international cricket left in him.
– Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill hasn’t fired for New Zealand throughout the tournament and the Kiwis desperately need him to deliver during the semi-finals. Guptill has played 153 ODIs to date and knows that he will most likely retire from World Cup action after turning 33 in a couple of months.
– Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan will want to become the first captain to lead England to a World Cup victory. Morgan knows that this dream is very possible as England are just two matches away from lifting the World Cup. This will most certainly be Morgan’s last World Cup as he will turn 33 in a few months.
– Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett has played an instrumental role with the ball in helping England make it to the semi-finals. Plunkett is now 34 years old and was picked in the World Cup squad for his all-round experience. This includes big hitting and the ability to bowl at the death. Plunkett knows that he will have to make way for the younger generation, though. Therefore, he will be desperate to finish his ODI career with a World Cup win.
– Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is one of the most dangerous openers in ODI cricket. He is also the man tasked with the responsibility of leading Australia to victory. Finch will turn 33 later this year, though, and knows that he will not be the captain for the 2023 World Cup. The best way for him to cement his place in Australian cricket World Cup history is to lead Australia to their sixth World Cup.
– David Warner
David Warner is the second highest run scorer in the tournament and could very well finish on top. Warner will turn 33 in October and knows that this will probably be his last World Cup. Finishing as the leading run scorer will be personally satisfying. Especially considering the adversity he has endured over the last year. However, Warner will also want to get his hands on the World Cup.
– Mohammad Nabi
Everyone expected Rashid Khan to be the key play for Afghanistan. Nevertheless, it was the experience of M Nabi that helped Afghanistan throughout the World Cup. He did brilliantly with the ball and made some useful contributions with the bat. This could very well be his last World Cup as Nabi will be 38 by the time the 2023 World Cup comes around!
In Part 3, we will take a look at the remaining teams and their players who will retire from ODI cricket immediately or before the 2023 ICC World Cup!