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Indian Test team. (credits - BCCI)

Everything is well that ends well is an adage and in view of that, many of a few Indian players may bid farewell to international cricket by the end of 2018.

In a slideshow, we will present you top 10 Indian cricketers who may wrap up their cricketing career in a nearby future.

#10 Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla garnered the spotlight when he was just 16 years old who uprooted the stumps of Sachin Tendulkar. He bowled a googly to Tendulkar in the Challenger Trophy, and by this, Chawla claimed his fame.

The UP boy made his domestic debut at the age of 17 and earned a call in Under-19 World Cup squad in 2006.

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Piyush Chawla. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

He made his debut against England in 2006. He was a part of World Cup winning team in 2011, and that is the only fruitful tale he posses. He remained out of the squad due to some stiff competition and lack of luster.

After a gap of four years, Chawla got a Test nod in 2012 against New Zealand and earned a T20 call. Besides this, he got a T20 call as well to feature in the World Twenty20 that took place in Sri Lanka.

He enjoyed a fair bit of success in Indian Premier League. He played consecutive six seasons for Punjab for 2008. In 2014, he was brought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping sum of 4.25 to acquire his services.
Chawla played his last Test match and T20 match in 2012.

The last time he participated in an ODI match for Team India was in 2011. It is unlikely that leg-spinner will grab a national call once again. It seems that he may wrap up his international career at any blink.

#9 Praveen Kumar

The right-arm middle pacer of India, Praveen Kumar grabbed the spotlight due to his forte variation and precise control over line and length.
Praveen got a lot of success in international cricket due to his dual approach. Apart from striking, he was restricting the outflow of runs. He was primarily depending on his natural speed and never tried to exert harder to gain new pace.

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Praveen Kumar of the Gujarat Lions celebrates getting Shikhar Dhawan in Indian Premier League
Photo by Shaun Roy – Sportzpics – IPL

Apart from bowling, he was a pinch hitter who brought the nostalgic moments of Robin Singh. He was a forerunner as an all-rounder and later on turned an ODI specialist.
In May 2008, he found his leg in a controversy.

He was allegedly involved in assaulting a doctor in Meerut. He again found himself in wrongdoing when he attacked a group of fans while being on tour to England.

He also traveled to Australia and the Asia Cup, but lack of preparations forced selectors to ignore him.

Praveen Kumar continuously features in domestic. He played his last international game in 2012 and may wrap up his international career at any point.

#8 Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh announced himself after he burst on the scene in the second match of ICC Knockout Trophy in 2000. India was playing their second match against Australia and Yuvraj scored his match-winning knock of 84.
After a few bad performances selectors ignored him.

However, he fought very hard in the domestic and put a pile of runs. He got a chance again to prove his worth, and he exactly did the same. He is the mainstay behind India’s triumph in Twenty20 World Cup 2007.

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Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. Credits: AFP

He helped India to crunch the thirst of 28 years as India won the ICC World Cup in 2011. He earned the title of ‘Player of the tournament’ in the World Cup.

Yuvraj Singh was among some seniors who were axed after the Champions Trophy in 2017. As the Indian selection is bringing new faces up front, it seems he will not get a chance to feature again. He may call his retirement anytime in the nearby future.

#7 Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh gained the spotlight after bolstering Invincible Australia in 2001 led by Steve Waugh. Australia was on the tour of India to feature in a long journey. In the Test format, Harbhajan Singh bamboozled Australia as they found themselves helpless before his mystery.

Replacing injured Anil Kumble, Bhajji got crown of Man of the Series. Apart from taking 32 wickets, he made his first hat-trick as well.

Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh.
Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh. Credits: Reuters

In 2009, he helped India to get a first series victory over New Zealand after 40 years. However, he displayed his poor run after being appointed as skipper of Mumbai Indians in IPL.

He was left out for a home series against West Indies. However, with the meteoric rise of Ravichandran Ashwin, the doors of Harbhajan got off with the every passing day.

#6 Gautam Gambhir

He was one the complete batsman of India that featured for India during 2008 to 2011. With a feisty, capricious attitude, Gambhir used to open for India in all forms of the game.

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Gautam Gambhir would be the observer for the DDCA, claims newly elected President Rajat Sharma. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

On occasions, he could be more aggressive than Virendra Sehwag. From the captaincy perspective, he helped Kolkata Knight Riders to clinch the title twice.

With the arrival of Murli Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir faced an axe. However, he got a comeback chance after being selected as a backup opener for England tour in 2014.

However, he displayed some sour performance there that resulted in his sideline just after four matches. He could not grab a chance since then and is likely to take retirement in due time.

#5 Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan is famous for his hard-hitting ability besides being a part-time spinner. After having a successful stint in IPL 2008, he earned his ODI call in tri-series followed by Asia Cup.

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Yusuf Pathan (Picture Source – The Hindu)

He got into the limelight after his performance in 2010 against New Zealand. He helped India to chase a target of 316 with the help of his blistering knock.

However, he could not earn a place in the Indian team after 2012. He is continuously playing in Indian Premier League and featured for Sunrisers Hyderabad in last season.

#4 Irfan Pathan

In his earliest days, Indian fans would call Irfan Pathan with the name of Kapil Dev. With his promising performance one after another, Irfan Pathan used to be a precious all-rounder.

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Irfan Pathan with his brother Yusuf Pathan. Credits: Getty Images

However, soon after some time, a sudden dip came in his pace. Things worsened after his batting form went through a similar change.

He recently joined the coach cum player of Jammu Kashmir team in domestic and is busy to teach new buds.

He is unlikely to feature for Indian squad now and may call up his career at any time.

#3 Robin Uthappa

The stocky robin of India made his ODI debut in 2006 following his pile of 857 runs in just seven matches in domestic. He made 86 in his ODI debut in Indore and missed his well deserved century due to a wrong call from his partner.

Robin Uthappa
LONDON – SEPTEMBER 05: Robin Uthappa of India is congratulated after scoring the winning runs during the 6th NatWest ODI between England and India at the Oval on September 5, 2007 in London, Egnland. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Soon, he saw himself out of the team due to inconsistency. After then, he got a call in 7 matches series against England. He got a chance to play 6th match in the series, and he helped India to get a win. This enabled him to secure his place for a while.

The walking assassin of India, however, could not cope up with the pressure for a long. He finds himself out most of the times.

He played his last ODI in 2015 against Zimbabwe, and since then he never could impress the selectors. He may drag his curtains on his international career at any time.

#2 Pragyan Ojha

There is no second opinion about the prodigious talent of Pragyan Ojha. After a remarkable performance in IPL 2012, Ojha earned a call in Asia Cup squad. He displayed a good performance there that helped him to grab a place in the team against Sri Lanka.

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Pragyan Ojha. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The international career of Ojha is pretty short. Selectors never preferred to pick him on overseas tours. Following his dismal performance in 2013, Ojha faced an axe from the national team. Since then, he never knocked the doors of selectors. He may take his retirement very soon.

#1 Amit Mishra

He is the closest synonym to word ‘unfortunate.’ He got a call in Test series against West Indies in 2002. Unfortunately, he did not have the opportunity to showcase his skills. He never found himself in the national squad after this till 2007.

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Amit Mishra celebrates his wicket with teammates. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

In 2008, he got an opportunity to replace injured Kumble against Australia. He took a fifer and became only the sixth Indian to make a fifer on debut.

After the retirement of Kumble, he became a leading leg-spinner of the country. He played his last Test match in 2011.

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In 2015, he got an opportunity to replace injured Ravindra Jadeja. He finished the series while taking 15 wickets against Sri Lanka. However, the lack of preparations also hit him, and he found himself doing in and out.

He could not continue to evolve himself after the presence of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav. Mishra is unlikely to feature in the national team now. He may decide to hang his boots in the nearby future.

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