Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma
Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Former England National Cricket Team spinner Monty Panesar has stated that the senior India National Cricket Team players – Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, and Ravichandran Ashwin – could soon retire from T20I cricket.

India got eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 after facing an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat against England in the second semi-final. Following India’s exit from the marquee tournament, many cricket pundits asserted that several senior players may retire from the shortest international format of the game to make way for younger cricketers.

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Speaking to Timesofindia.com, Panesar said that the Men In Blue disappointed everyone with their performance in the second semi-final and opined that “some retirements are coming up.”

“India disappointed everyone (with the way they lost in thesemifinal), and I think there are some retirements coming up.”

“Let’s be honest, India didn’t put up a fight in the semis. It was a completely one-sided affair. Indian bowling looked clueless in front of Buttler and Hales. You are playing the semis and you need to give a solid fight; 168 is not a small score”, he further added.

I am not seeing Rohit, DK, and Ashwin being part of the T20 World Cup 2024 – Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar. Image-Twitter.

The next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be the 9th edition of the tournament, will be held in 2024 in the West Indies and the United States.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar feels that among senior India players only Virat Kohli is one, who could be part of India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad because of his incredible fitness. He added that he doesn’t see Rohit, Karthik and Ashwin being anywhere near India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

“Rohit (Sharma), Dinesh Karthik and R Ashwin are the top names who could say goodbye to T20I cricket. The team management will surely have a meeting with these guys and will ask them about their plans…It’s time these players make way for young players”, he said.

“Virat is in great form. He is the fittest among all the Indian players. Age is just a number for Virat considering his super fitness. You may see him in the 2024 T20 World Cup. I am not seeing Rohit being part of that tournament, DK and Ashwin too (may not be there). There could be more players (considering T20I retirement), but these three, I think, will leave T20Is and focus on Tests and ODIs”, he further added.

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