5 Players Who Might Retire From T20Is After The T20 World Cup 2021

Published - 14 Nov 2021, 02:21 PM

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: Twitter)

Representing your nation in an ICC World Cup event is, unarguably, the biggest achievement in a cricketer’s career. The ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 saw a lot of young cricketers playing their first-ever ICC event. And, for some veterans, it was, perhaps, an opportunity to represent the nation for one last time.

After every ICC World Cup event, cricketers tend to bid goodbye to the game. The ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is finishing on Sunday and some cricketers also might announce their retirement after that.

Here’s a look at five players who might announce their retirement after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

5 Players Who Might Retire From T20Is After The T20 World Cup 2021

  1. Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: Twitter)

Chris Gayle waved his bat after his 15-run knock in what was West Indies’ last game against Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He also threw his gloves and signed T20 shirts at the crowd which left everyone wondering if they had seen him one last time donning the West Indies jersey.

However, when asked about his retirement, he said that he would like to play one more match in Jamaica in front of his home ground before he big goodbye officially.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that Chris Gayle isn’t likely to play a lot of international games ahead and might announce his retirement anytime soon. In his international cricket career, he has played 103 Tests, 301 ODIs, and 79 T20 internationals, scoring 7215, 10480, and 1899 runs respectively.

  1. Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik[photo: Twitter]
There is no denying that Shoaib Malik has been one of the greatest batsmen in white-ball cricket for Pakistan in the history of the game. He has served his nation for over two decades in international cricket. Malik was part of Pakistan’s team which represented in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

He played a couple of notable knocks in the tournament, including an 18-ball 54 against Scotland. Overall, he scored 100 runs in 6 matches but couldn’t help Pakistan reach the final of the tournament.

Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from Test Cricket in 2015. He retired from ODIs after playing Pakistan’s last match in the ICC 2019 World Cup. The Pakistan veteran cricketer hasn’t made any announcement regarding his retirement from the shortest format but might do that soon.

  1. Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

Mohammad Hafeez had earlier announced that he would announce his retirement from international cricket after the ICC T20 World Cup. In the ongoing edition, he scored 85 runs in 6 matches at an average of 52.00. Hafeez has served the nation in 55 Tests, scoring 3652 runs.

Besides, he has 6614 runs in 218 ODIs. As far as T20Is are concerned, the Pakistan veteran has scored 2514 runs in 119 T20Is at an average of 26.5. Hafeez could announce his retirement from international cricket anytime soon.

  1. Lendl Simmons

Lendl Simmons[photo: Twitter]
West Indies cricketer, Lendl Simmons played vital knocks during the 2009, 2014, and 2016 editions of the T20 World Cup. However, the veteran cricketer couldn’t replicate similar performances in the T20 World Cup 2021.

He scored 3 runs off 7 balls in the first game against England and followed it with a lacklustre knock of 16 off 35 deliveries. Given how he fared in those two games, it’s unlikely that he would get the opportunity to represent West Indies further in his career. Also with age not on his side, Simmons might retire from T20 internationals soon.

In his international cricket career, he has managed to score 1527 runs in 68 T20 internationals at an average of 26.8. Besides, he has played 68 ODIs, scoring 1958 runs at an average of 31.6.

  1. Ravi Rampaul

Ravi Rampaul
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37-year old Trinidadian cricketer, Ravi Rampaul was added to West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 after his outstanding performances in the CPL 2021. He finished the season as the highest wicket-taker, picking 19 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 16.21.

The veteran cricketer, however, couldn’t have a similar impact in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. In 4 matches, he could manage to pick 2 wickets at an average of 49.00. It’s unlikely that Ravi Rampaul would play another game for West Indies, irrespective of the format. Perhaps, the game against Australia was his last in his international cricket career.

Ravi Rampaul has 31 wickets in 27 T20 internationals. He represented West Indies in 92 one-day internationals and 18 Tests, picking 117 and 49 wickets respectively.