The next few months remains a crucial phase for the Indian team as they not only eye overseas success but also hope to maintain their home dominance. But the Indian cricket team is in a good place with their skills and depth as they have plenty of specialist players for all the formats. As a result, there is increased competition for places and players must prove their worth in limited opportunities.
Hence, the players who might have once performed admirably well no longer command that sort of authority in the team. With the management having plenty of options to choose from, it looks unlikely for them to lean on those cricketers who might have gone beyond their best. Thus, it serves best for them to quit that particular format and invest everything into the other.
We take a look at six Current Indian Cricketers Who Should Announce Retirement From One or two Formats Of The Game:
Ravichandran Ashwin – ODIs and T20Is:
After Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent Test performances and his encouraging outings in IPL, there were talks of his inclusion in India’s white-ball squads. But captain Virat Kohli shut that possibility, citing they have Washington Sundar in limited-overs cricket, having shown mettle with both bat and ball.
Ravichandran Ashwin has not played for India in One-day international cricket even though he has expressed his wish to do so and confident of doing well. However, as a highly-skilled bowler with the white ball, taking 150 ODI and 52 T20I wickets at 32.91 and 22.94, respectively, the 34-year old is still unlikely to play the version again. Hence, it could be time that he quits it.