The ICC World Cup 2019 has reached its final stage, and soon we will get the new world champion. Many legendary players announced their retirement during this world cup while few others made their last world cup appearance in 2019. Let’s salute the great players as they bids adieu to international cricket.
12. Shoaib Malik
The former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team announced his retirement from ODI cricket on 5th July 2019. Shoaib Malik had made his ODI debut on 14 October 1999 against West Indies. He scored 9 centuries and 44 half centuries in his 20years long career. His retirement will leave a hollow gap in Pakistans ODI team.
11. Dale Steyn
It was very unfortunate for Dale Steyn to be ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2019, which could possibly be his last world cup. The 35-year-old’s absence in the world cup cost a lot to the South African team. Although Steyn has not announced his retirement plans yet, it is highly unlikely that he would play for the 2023 World Cup.
10. Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza -one of the biggest names in Bangladesh Cricketing world might bid adieu to international Cricket in the near future. Of course, he cleared that he has no plans to retire immediately after the World Cup 2019, but also confirmed that this will be his last world cup. Mortaza has lead the Bangladesh side in 73 ODI matches since 2009 and won 40.
9. JP Duminy
The South African allrounder announced his retirement from the International cricket on 6th July 2019. Duminy served South African cricket for the past 15 years. He has made his debut on 20 August 2004 against Sri Lanka. He looked very emotional while announcing the retirement after the final match of South Africa in the world cup 2019.
8. Dwayne Bravo
The stylish Caribbean allrounder had announced his retirement from the international cricket in October 2018, however, he was included in the team’s list of reserve players for the 2019 World Cup. Although he never made to the final playing team at world cup 2019, this news was mesmerizing for his fans.
7. Yuvraj Singh
The star of the 2011 World Cup and a big name in Indian Cricket – Yuvraj Singh, announced his retirement on 10th June 2019. His retirement took twitter by storm with thousands of the fans and colleges thanked him for his excellent service. He was awarded as the man of the tournament in 2011 world cup for his extraordinary performance. of 362 Runs and 15 wickets. He had received his maiden ODI cap on 3 October 2000 against Australia.
6. Ross Tylor
Ross Taylor didn’t completely rule out another appearance in the 2023 edition. The 35-year-old middle-order batsman is highly inspired by Cris Gayle and wants to keep all options open.
“You never know, this will probably be my last World Cup but if these hamstrings and calves hold together then maybe I can be back in a few years,” Taylor said when asked about his retirement plans.
5. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir ended his One-day International career at Old Trafford on 6th July 2019. Tahir made his ODI debut on 24 February 2011 against West Indies. The top-ranked spinner has 293 International wickets.
He tweeted an emotional message ahead of his retirement.
Quite an emotional moment that I will be stepping on to the field one last time for an odi for @OfficialCSA wholeheartedly thanking everyone who stood with me during my entire career and special thanks for @OfficialCSA to make my dream a reality.Will give it all I have tomm
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) July 5, 2019
4. Chris Gayle
The insanely famous Caribbean superstar cricketer, the “Universe Boss” announced that this will be his last World Cup appearance after the Windies exit from 2019 World Cup. The 39-year-old Gayle has been part of the Windies team since 1999. The rockstar batsman was the first to hit a century in T20 format. Gayle is supposedly set to retire after the home series against India in August.
3. Lasith Malinga
Ace Sri Lankan pacer- Lasith Malinga announced his retirement after the last match of the World Cup 2019 campaign. Maliga represented Sri Lanka in 328 international games and took 533 wickets altogether. Lasith Malinga has a strong fan following in India too. Jasprit Bumrah tweeted a heartfelt message on Malinga’s retirement.
An honour to play with you and an honour to play against you! LEGEND 🎯 pic.twitter.com/SMjpeOaziV
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) July 6, 2019
2. Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement came as a shock to many fans. Rayudu was reportedly unhappy with the World Cup selection committee. He was kept aside from the primary 15 member squad for the 2019 World Cup but was also neglected as the replacement for injured players. Rayudu announced his retirement on 3rd July 2019.
Interestingly, Iceland Cricket tweeted a unique offer for Rayudu, which went viral in no time.
Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least @RayuduAmbati can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things. #BANvIND #INDvBAN #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/L6XAefKWHw
— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) July 1, 2019
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Sigh Doni- a heartthrob of millions all around the world has also reached a decisive stage of his cricketing career. The captain cool of team India has a fan base of his own. If speculations are to be believed then Dhoni is all set to break millions of hearts soon after the world cup. Dhoni expressed his gratitude to all the sponsors by sporting their logo on his bat. His fans are already overwhelmed with the news of his retirement.
MSD had made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh. He captained the Indian national team in ODI formats from 2007 to 2016 and was succeeded by the current captain, Virat Kohli. His captaincy and wicketkeeping skills are highly appreciated in the cricketing world. The “Helicopter Shot” is also pretty famous among his fans.
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