The conclusion of the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 marked the end of Team India's impressive streak with an unfortunate loss to Australia in the final. Despite securing 10 consecutive victories, Rohit Sharma and his team fell short, managing a below-par score of 240 in 50 overs. Travis Head's remarkable century and disciplined bowling led Australia to a comfortable six-wicket victory, securing their record-extending sixth World Cup title.
However, concerns loom over the age and fitness of several Indian players, sparking discussions that the 2023 World Cup might mark the swansong for many of these seasoned players, especially with the next edition slated for South Africa in 2027.
Let's take a closer look at five Indian players who might not be around for the next World Cup:
Rohit Sharma: Despite a stellar performance in the 2023 World Cup, Rohit Sharma, nearing 37, might conclude his illustrious career without a World Cup trophy.
Ravichandran Ashwin: At 37, Ashwin's inclusion in the 2023 squad might signal the end of his ODI tenure, especially considering his limited participation in the tournament.
Mohammed Shami: The leading wicket-taker of the tournament and record-breaker might find it challenging to continue his fast-bowling prowess at 37, potentially retiring before the 2027 World Cup.
Virat Kohli: Kohli's remarkable showing in the 2023 World Cup might mark the pinnacle of his ODI career at 35, raising doubts about his presence in the next edition due to extensive cricket commitments.
Ravindra Jadeja: Despite a successful campaign in 2023, Jadeja's age of 34 might pose challenges, especially with a younger cohort ready to join the team, possibly sidelining him from the 2027 World Cup squad.
While these players have contributed significantly to Indian cricket, their ages and the competitive landscape might signal the end of their ODI World Cup journey, paving the way for a new generation of talent in the squad.
(With Agency Inputs)