5 Indian Cricketers who may Retire Before 2019 World Cup
Cricket has been a celebration in India and Cricket World Cups are considered as the festival. As 2019 arrives, prominent teams are all set to win their bout at England and Wales. The 2 time World Champions, India are aiming for their hat trick in 2019. They have already started preparing for the great stage by scheduling some matches at their. The latest England tour is an active example for this.
There are players who can make wonders at England. The current Indian ODI squad is a mix of talent and experience. Kohli, led team has been impressive in every series they played. Indian team are aiming to omit the bitter taste of 2015 semi final loss against Australia and to repeat the 2011 trip. But many of the crucial players are not part of the current Indian ODI squad. Some of them are out of form and some are having fitness issues. Let's check a list of players who may retire before the 2019 grand cricket event.
Amit Mishra missed a lots of opportunity to be part of Indian team due to ill-fate and competition. While he making debut in 2003, Mishra had to face competitions from spinners like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble. All these 3 had almost similar performance record, but while considering their performance at the batting area, Mishra had to spare his space for either mentioned other two.
The right arm leg break has been a brilliant performer in the domestic matches. Even he was exceptional in IPL tournaments. Amit Mishra played 36 matches for his national side and took 64 wickets and had an economy below 5. Due to his economical spells, Mishra had to limit his career with T20I matches. Mishra's last ODI match was against England in 2016, and it has been almost two years wearing the ODI jersey.
35 year old Mishra's opportunity in the ODIs are less as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav became the vital part of the team. We can expect the retirement announcement from the leggie and he may limit his career in T20Is.
The pacer whom possessed the bowling action of Wasim Akram, Irfan Pathan was considered as one of the greatest pacers in the past. The left arm debuted for the national side in 2004 against Australia and became the crucial part of the all round department. He was the key bowler in the 2007 World T20I final whom thrashed Pakistan in form batsmen's. His performance against Australia in 2008 at Perth was a memorable one from the left arm.
Irfan Pathan played 120 ODI matches for Team India and scored 1544 runs at an average of 23.39. He was usually appeared in the No.7 position and was a great finisher in the batting order. He was exceptional in bowling with the new ball, took 173 ODI wickets with a economy of 5.27.
Injuries, poor form caused Pathan to stay away from Indian team. His last ODI appearance was in the year 2012 against Sri Lanka. Lack of opportunities made Pathan to limit his career with domestic matches and IPL. He was unsold in the 2018 edition IPL and he was seen in commentary box during the bouts. Pathan is 33 year old now. As Indian team have well balanced pacers, Pathan mayn't expect a call back to the Indian team.
An unsung hero of the 2011 World Cup, Gautham Gambhir may withdraw his ODI cricket career before the 2019 World Cup event. The left hand opener played his last ODI in the year 2013 against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan's promotion to the team has faded the opportunity of Gambhir. Now he is playing for the domestic teams.
Gambhir made his ODI debut in the year 2003. Due to the presence of Sachin, Sehwag and Ganguly in the top order, Gambhir's performances were became unnoticeable. But after the 2007 group stage elimination of Indian team, Gambhir was once again called back to the Indian team and turned up as one of the crucial players of the top order. The left hand batsmen played 147 matches in blue jersey and scored 5238 runs.
Gambhir was the captain of 2018 Delhi Daredevils team. But later he surrendered the duties to Shreyas Iyer. After that Gambhir hasn't played a single match in the series and was part of the Delhi side bench. Recent performances of Gambhir is not the best. The 36 year old Delhi boy is expected to retire from the International career soon.
38 year old Harbhajan Singh will be another player who mayn't wait for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The right arm off spinner has been the crucial part of Indian team in many occasions. He was part of both T20I and ODI World Cup winning Indian team. Harbhajan made his ODI debut in the year 1998 and his last ODI match was against South Africa in 2015.
Harbhajan played 236 matches for the Men In Blue and took 269 wickets for the side. Harbhajan was also capable of smashing biggies in the final overs for the team. His performance in T20Is and ODIs were exceptional and will be in the list of, one of the greatest spinners India produced.
Harbhajan's role became trivial as Ashwin entered the Indian ODI squad. Ashwins all round performances made Harbhajan an insignificant player for the Indian side. Harbhajan hasn't played any International matches after his 2016 T20I bout against UAE. Harbhajan looks aged and he may retire from the International career soon.
Yuvraj Singh has been the key player for Indian side at the biggest stages. Yuvraj was the knight in both T20I and ODI World Cup winning Indian team. The left hand batsmen debuted in the year 2000 and later became one of the most trusted middle order batsmens for the side. His performance in the 2002 Natwest series final along with Kaif will be one of his best moments in career beginning.
Yuvraj Singh played 304 ODI matches for India and scored 8701 runs at a 87.68 strike rate. His six sixes in an over against Broad in the 2007 T20I World Cup will be a memorable show for every cricket fan. Yuvi played 58 T20I matches and scored 1177 runs for his national side. Due to his aggressive batting style, Yuvraj wasn't compatible for the test side.
After 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with Cancer and during that time, Indian team adjusted with the existing middle order batsmen's. Later he was called back to the Indian team Indian team with the courtesy of his domestic performances. But he wasn't able to shine well on his come back. His last International was against West Indies in 2017. The World Cup hero is expected to hang up his cricket pads before the next grand event.