The Indian cricket team will soon enter a transition phase and there could be major changes in the Blues’ personnel. India were hammered by England in the semi-finals of the recently concluded 2022 ICC T20 World Cup and it highlighted some glaring concerns about the Indian cricket team.
The Indian cricket team’s openers were unable to orient themselves properly, there were some questions over the selection of spinners, and the absence of a ripping fast bowler led the Indian to another campaign without trophy on the biggest stage in the world. Several things went wrong for the Indian cricket team in the ICC T20 World Cup and they played far from their best cricket in the prestigious World Cup.
While the team might be looking to move on from some players and focus on the youngsters and prepare them for the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup, we might see some retirements along the way. In this article, we take a look at 3 Indian players who may soon retire from T20 cricket:
1. Rohit Sharma
India’s most capped player in T20I cricket, Rohit Sharma is a legend in the sport. All-format captain of the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma had an unforgettable outing in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. He scored just 116 points in the World Cup and failed to give India the necessary starts for a large and imposing total . Sharma is 35 years old and also not the best cricketer in the Indian cricket team. That he can call it quits T20I cricket soon, shouldn’t come as a big shock.
2. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik’s upward trajectory over the past few months has given people several hopes. That you might be down one second, but most certainly can bounce back the next second. Karthik had an excellent 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise and scored 330 points at a staggering 183.33 strike rate.
However, age is not on his side as he is 37 and India might as well focus on Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson as the next keeper in the T20 format. Karthik has also been left out of India’s last two games at the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.
3. Ravichandran Ashwin
One of the main reasons Ravichandran Ashwin was recalled to India’s T20I setup after a four-year hiatus, during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, was the absence of regular generalist Washington Sundar.
He is easily one of the most cunning cricketers in the cricketing arena and possesses a shrewd brain. However, his performances in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup weren’t all that remarkable and eye-catching. This might as well be the end of the road for Ashwin as he would be asked to focus on red ball cricket where he is an indispensable part of the Indian cricket team.
Also Read: IPL 2023 Retention Updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad Update, List of Retained and Released Players
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