Rohit Sharma could retire from ODIs after the World Cup debacle [AP]
In a disastrous match, India lost the 2023 World Cup final, being thrashed by Australia by six wickets in a slugfest at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After being put into bat first, India managed a total of 240 on a dry surface. In response, Australia chased down the target with ease, with Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne stitching a thrilling stand for the fourth wicket.
There are many Indian players who may have played their last World Cup and may retire from this format anytime soon.
Lauded for his scintillating batting play, Rohit Sharma led India from the front, amassing 597 runs at an impressive strike rate of 125.95.
However, when the team lost the final, Rohit could soon leave the ODI captaincy and pass the baton to someone else. He is 36 years old and we do not see him playing in the next World Cup scheduled for four years. So, we shouldn’t be surprised if he announces his ODI retirement soon.
Virat Kohli won the POTT [AP]
Although he is extremely fit, defeat in the 2023 World Cup final will be a tough pill to swallow for Virat Kohli. From scoring a huge number of runs to contributing significantly as a bowler, the charming cricketer has left no stone unturned to fulfill India’s dreams of winning the World Cup for the third time. However, after their stumble in the final, it is bold to assume that he will continue to play until the next World Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja in action [AP]
Indian cricket ace Ravindra Jadeja displayed amazing all-rounder skills throughout the 2023 World Cup, amassing 120 runs and taking 16 wickets in the tournament. However, he is almost 35 years old and probably played his last match in the World Cup last night. He is likely to continue playing Test matches and retire from the white-ball formats very soon.
Muhammad Al-Shami had an excellent toilet [AP]
Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami had a memorable World Cup, taking 25 wickets at an incredible strike rate of 11.72. Despite trying his best, Shami was unable to get a World Cup winning badge under his belt, which is heartbreaking.
However, since he is already 33 years old, we don’t think he will be in the scheme of things in ODI cricket. With India likely to ease the transition, we believe Shami will announce his ODI retirement soon.
Being India’s best pacer, Ravichandran Ashwin was expected to wreak havoc in the World Cup 2023. However, he got just one cap in the tournament and given his age, we don’t think he will be considered for ODIs anymore. So, the legendary bowler can quit the 50-over format and focus on Tests.