As the cricketing world gears up for the next ICC Cricket World Cup, there’s a bittersweet realization that for some of the game’s most revered stars, this tournament could be their swan song. Here’s a look at ten cricket legends who might be gracing the World Cup stage for the last time.
1. Virat Kohli (India): The Indian batting maestro has had a storied career, but with the next World Cup possibly being his last, Kohli will be looking to leave an indelible mark on the tournament that has seen some of his most memorable innings.
2. Chris Gayle (West Indies): Universally known as the ‘Universe Boss’, Gayle’s explosive batting has entertained fans for over two decades. The West Indian opener’s retirement has been a topic of discussion for years, and the next World Cup could be the perfect curtain call.
3. Ross Taylor (New Zealand): Taylor has been the backbone of the Kiwi middle order for years. With a career that spans four World Cups, the next one might see the end of Taylor’s calm and collected presence at the crease.
4. Eoin Morgan (England): The captain who led England to their maiden World Cup victory in 2019, Morgan’s tactical acumen and middle-order prowess will be crucial for England’s defense of the title, potentially for the last time.
5. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan): A veteran of Pakistani cricket, Malik’s all-round abilities have been a valuable asset. His extensive experience will be vital for Pakistan in what could be his final World Cup outing
6. David Warner (Australia): The aggressive Australian opener has been a key player in his team’s successes over the years. Warner might be looking at the next World Cup as his final opportunity to add to his legacy
7. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): Malinga, with his distinctive slinging action, has been a death-overs specialist. The Sri Lankan pacer might aim to deliver a few more of his trademark yorkers in his last World Cup.
8. Quinton de Kock (South Africa): The South African wicketkeeper-batsman has been a consistent performer for his team. The next World Cup could be the stage for his final act in international cricket.
9. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh): Widely regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world, Shakib’s presence in the Bangladesh team has been pivotal. The next World Cup could be the culmination of his illustrious career.
10. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka): Mathews has been a key figure in Sri Lankan cricket, known for his batting and bowling capabilities. The all-rounder might be looking to make his final World Cup appearance count.
As these titans of cricket contemplate their last World Cup, fans will be eager to witness their final performances on the sport’s biggest stage. Their potential departure marks the end of an era, but also paves the way for the next generation of stars to shine.