Last Update on: October 19th, 2022 at 05:43 pm
The Indian cricket team has pinned its hopes on Rohit Sharma & Co. to bring an end to the nation’s wait for an ICC title as the team travels to Australia for the T20 World Cup 2022.
While the squad has a good mix of rookie and experienced players, however, India will miss the services of Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. In this current team, there are few players who most likely will play their last T20 World Cup and could either retire or be dropped from India’s T20I team after the tournament in Australia.
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Until March this year, Dinesh Karthik was nowhere near the Indian team’s T20 setup and had been dropped after the 2019 World Cup. However, thunderous performances in the IPL 2022 – 330 runs at a strike rate of 183 – forced the selectors to recall Karthik, at the age of 37, as a specialist finisher in the T20I team.
DK has won two Man of the Match awards on his return – vs South Africa and West Indies- and is expected to be in India’s starting XI at the T20 World Cup.
This is in all likelihood Dinesh Karthik’s last T20 World Cup; he will be age 39 for the 2024 T20 WC.
Once branded as a ‘Test specialist’, Ravichandran Ashwin has truly redeveloped himself in white-ball cricket. Thanks to his performances in the Indian Premier League, Ashwin got the nod in the Indian team for T20 World Cup 2022. However, it is difficult to see Ashwin playing another T20 World Cup as he is already aged 35.
After this year’s T20 WC, India is expected to move toward young Washington Sundar as the off-spinning all-rounder, going past the 35-year-old Ashwin.
Fitness has been one of the biggest headaches of India’s full-time skipper Rohit Sharma. Rohit being prone to injury every now and then has forced him into the sidelines quite often. The right-hand batting dynamo is the leading run-getter in the T20I format with 3620 runs and we might see Sharma retire from the shorter format.
Rohit Sharma will celebrate his 37th birthday before the T20 World Cup in 2024. And is unlikely to not only hold the captaincy post but also may leave playing T20 cricket altogether to focus on his Test career and prolong his career in the longest format.