ICC World Cup 2019: Who'll be bidding farewell after this World Cup?

Aliha Ejaz

The World Cup 2019 with all its glamour, glory and thrill will also be last of the tournament for some of the legends of the game. We have seen them play, we have seen them win and lose - they have been a part of our life - and after this tournament, they won't be. 

Let's have a look at the players who will call it quits after the tournament

Shoaib Malik

Pakistan’s team all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been a massive support for Pakistan for most of their matches. He’s one of the legendary cricketers who started a career in one-day international cricket and still is in top form.

On October 4th, 1999 starting his career in one day cricket he’s one the most experienced players Pakistan team have including Muhammad Hafeez. he’ll be seen in action for the second and the last time in the ICC World Cup 2019, also he has announced his retirement from one day matches.

Under the captaincy of Malik, one day series against Australia was the worst nightmare for Pakistan team as Australia whitewashed Pakistan by 0-5.

In his career, he made 7481 runs, completed 9 centuries, 44 half-centuries, took 156 wickets and showing great fielding skills took 96 catches in 282 matches played.

 Muhammad Hafeez

Except for few senior players, ten new players have been included in the squad for ICC World Cup 2019 and Professor aka Muhammad Hafeez is one of those experienced players Pakistan’s team have retained.

He kicked off his cricket career in 2003 on 3rd April by playing against Zimbabwe. He showed his phenomenal captaincy skills for the World T20 but couldn’t perform well in one day cricket but remained lucky enough to participate in the world cup for the year 2007 and 2011.

He played 208 matches having an average of 33 and scored 6302 runs, fetched 11 centuries and 35 half centuries.

He was also part of the Pakistan national Cricket team in the last ICC World Cup, but six days before the beginning he got a leg injury and was ruled out of the event. Later, Nasir Jamshed was added in the team.

Note that in the Pakistan Super League season four, opening batsmen injured his toe, since then so far he hasn’t resumed cricket. However, he has made his place in the squad but he has to prove himself fit before the event.

Ross Taylor

Born on March 8th,1984 in Wellington, Ross Taylor will be seen in action for the fourth time in ICC World Cup 2019.

Taylor made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2006. Exceptional batsmen played beautiful innings of 131 against Pakistan in 2011’s world cup. Due to his great batting skills New Zealand scored 302 against Pakistan.

Ross is fourth batsmen of one day cricket who scored three-figure innings on his birthday. Players who have scored centuries on their birthdays before are Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, and J Suria.

 Shaun Marsh

Australia had 35-year-old glory for the first time into 15-Member squad included in the Marsh.

He’s playing one day cricket from 2008 but couldn’t make his place in the Australian team for the ICC World Cup. However, his brother Mitchell Marsh was part of the victorious Australian team.

The mega event kicking off from 30th May, probably Shaun will be seen for the first and last time in action. Shaun made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2008. Recently he has scored 2 half-centuries against Pakistan in one-day series.

In his 11 year career, he played 71 matches in which he has scored 7 centuries, 15 half-centuries and 2747 runs in total.

Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla is one of the finest players South African team has, but being out of form his participation in ICC world cup 2019 was doubtful, later he was included in the squad.

Recently he has broken the record of Indian captain Virat Kohli of making 27 centuries in one day cricket, he achieved this milestone in 167 innings.

Born on March 31st, 1983 in Durbin, Amla made his ODI debut in 2008 against Bangladesh. Having an average of 49.74, he has scored 8000 runs in one-day matches, completed 27 centuries and 37 half centuries.

He’ll be playing in ICC world cup for the third time, before this, he has participated for the world cup in 2015 and 2011.

JP Duminy

South Africa’s all-rounder JP Duminy decided to quit one day cricket but decided to play t20 matches. He’s participating in ICC world cup since 2011.

35 years old, left-handed batsman and off-spinner was away from cricket due to his injury. He made his debut in 2004 against Sri Lanka.

He’s one of the top ten players of South African team who played 194 matches scored 5047 runs apart from his cricket career going in vain due to his injury.

Not to forget, in World Cup 2015 Quarter final’s he became the first player from the team to score a hat trick by dismissing Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, and Tharindu Kaushal.

MS Dhoni

Former captain of Indian cricket team MS Dhoni holds the record of playing most one day international matches in this world cup.

MS Dhoni is the only caption who lead his team to bag ICC world cup 2007 and 2011 also ICC champions trophy for the year 2013.

After starting his international career in 2004 he lead Indian team under his captaincy from 2007 to 2016. 37 years old wicketkeeper have completed 10,000 runs in one-day series also he has the title of first Indian wicketkeeper to get 300 stumps.

This world cup could be the last for Dhoni but he’ll be participating for the fourth time in this mega event under the captaincy for Virat Kohli.

Mashrafe Mortaza

In the upcoming World Cup, 1983 Mushrafe will be seen representing his team as a captain. It should be clear that Mushrafe was given the captaincy recently and under his leadership. in the history of Bangladesh, the team reaches to the Quarterfinals.

35 year, fast bowler Mushrafe will be playing the last World Cup of his career, recently he has announced his retirement. However, he’ll continue representing his country in T20 series.

In 2007’s world cup in the very first match against India. Mushrafe took 5 wickets for the home team and 4 wickets which he took declared him the man of the match.

He represented Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup’s held in the year 2003, 2007, and 2015 respectively. He couldn’t participate in world cup 2011 as he was suffering from his knee injury.

In his 17 year career, he took 259 wickets in 2015 matches played.

Chris Gayle

Talking about cricket and how one cannot talk about this legendary player who’s 6ft tall, known as one of the most savage batsmen ever, Chris Gayle.

He has set many records in all three formats (Test, One Day, and T20). Stepped in One Day International cricket in September 1999, He’ll be participating in the World Cup for the fifth time constantly.

39 years old Gayle has played 289 matches in total in which he scored 10151 runs having an average of 38.16.

West Indies have crowned themselves the world champions twice in the year 1979 and 1975 but they weren’t lucky enough to bag more titles after that.

After Brian Lara, Gayle is the one who has completed 10,000 runs and becomes the only batsmen to complete centuries in all formats.

Lasith Malinga

'Death bowler’ Lasith Malinga will be seen for the fourth time in this mega event. He wasn't in the form in the past but he was important for the team to win some of their important matches. Due to his fierce bowling Srilankan team was able to make their way in 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals.

He represented his team in ODI against South Africa but the team wasn’t that lucky and lost by 0-5, due to this they had to face some major backlash on their performance.

At the peak of his success, Malinga was given the title of ‘One Day specialist’ He has taken 322 wickets of 218 matches played.

In the history of cricket World Cup, Malinga is the only bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks. And after Murli Dharan and Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga is Fourth on the list of players who have taken most wickets.

Jewen Mendis

Srilankan all-rounder Jewen Mendes will be seen in action for the second time in ICC Cricket world cup 2019. Born on 15th January 1983, Mendes has been playing one-day international cricket since 2010.

In his 8 year career, he has played 54 matches in which he scored 604 runs and sent 24 players back to the pavilion.

Sadly, this could be the last time we’ll be seeing Mendis playing in the World Cup.

Note: After this World Cup, apart from the players mentioned above some more players could bid farewell to the international cricket.