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World Cup 2023 will be the last time these top players come out on the grand stage

Will Cricket World Cup 2023 be the last outing for Rohit Sharma, David Warner, and more?

India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Top Performances_ Rohit Sharma smashes 30th ODI century and equals Ricky Ponting's record in ODIs _ Walking Wicket (Image_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Will this be last cricket world cup for Rohit Sharma? (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is going to be a big event; where top ODI teams from around the globe will be giving it their all. This also might be the last World Cup appearance for players such as Rohit Sharma, David Warner, and more.

Here’s a list of the top global players who would likely be playing their last ODI World Cup:

Rohit Sharma (10,112 ODI runs, 36 years)

Rohit Sharma, the current Indian skipper and opening batter, has had a remarkable career spanning several years. Renowned for his exceptional batting, Sharma has been a vital asset for the Indian cricket team.

With over a decade of experience as an opener, he has been a pillar of strength for the Men In Blue. Initially, the Hitman faced a setback when he was not selected in the India squad for the ODI World Cup 2011 edition due to poor form.

Nevertheless, he managed to secure a spot in the 2015 World Cup squad and made a significant contribution as an opener, alongside Shikhar Dhawan.

In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Sharma was Team India's vice-captain and he also emerged as the highest run-scorer in the tournament.

Sharma is currently the skipper of the Indian team, and going into World Cup 2023 he looks to be in good shape. However, despite showing no signs of slowing down, considering his age and the demanding nature of international cricket – combined with BCCI favoring youngsters - it is quite likely that this World Cup could indeed be his swansong.

David Warner (6397 ODI Runs, 36 years)

The explosive opener from Australia, David Warner, has been a reliable player in the Australian side for over a decade. Known for his aggressive style of play and consistent performances at the top, Warner has been instrumental in Australia's recent success. He is regarded as one of the most proficient left-handed batters of all time in white-ball cricket.

However, Warner had indicated ahead of ODI World Cup 2023 that he might be contemplating the next phase of his cricketing journey. Earlier this year, Warner had hinted at possible retirement after the World Cup. The Southpaw was part of Australia World Cup campaign in 2015 and 2019, scoring significantly in both editions. He was also the highest run-scorer for Australia in the 2019 World Cup.

However, the approaching 2023 World Cup raises uncertainties regarding his future in the international arena. Warner's form and fitness will be closely monitored this time around, and depending on his outings, this edition might be his final appearance in a World Cup.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022_ Trent Boult to represent New Zealand in T20 World Cup despite not having central contract  _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©ICC/Twitter
Trent Boult likely to play his last ODI WC for NZ (Photo: ©ICC/Twitter)
Trent Boult (197 ODI Wickets, 33 Years)

Trent Boult, the prolific left-arm fast bowler, has been an integral part of the New Zealand cricket team for a long time. Revered for his exceptional swing bowling, and the ability to provide crucial breakthroughs at the start of the innings, Boult's presence has been vital for New Zealand's success.

As the 2023 World Cup approaches, Boult, currently 34, is not getting any younger. The physical demands of fast bowling at the international level may also prompt contemplation about retirement. However, his passion for the game and commitment might encourage him to continue playing for the next four years.

The left-arm pacer had expressed a strong desire to play in ODI World Cup 2023 - scheduled to take place in India - despite giving up his national contract. Boult had decided to forego the national contracts last year to participate in various T20 leagues worldwide. However, the 34-year-old is eager to represent his country in WC 2023, which will likely also be his last.

Shakib al Hasan (7384 ODI Runs, 308 wickets) (36 Years)

Shakib al Hasan, the exceptional all-rounder leading his side in the WC 2023, has been a linchpin for the Bangladesh cricket team for years. The left-hander’s contribution with both the bat and ball has been crucial for Bangladesh in international cricket. However, it is obvious that Shakib has entered the twilight of his career, and the 2023 WC could potentially be his swansong on the global stage.

Shakib's decision will likely be influenced by various factors - including his form, fitness, and personal aspirations. Quite recently he has also been in the news due to the controversies that he has been involved in recent times, be it over the selection of Tamim Iqbal or the on-field ill-behavior with the umpires.

The Bangladesh cricket captain had recently hinted at the possibility of him retiring after the 2023 World Cup. This will be Shakib's fifth ODI World Cup appearance; he has previously been part of the 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Cup.

Glenn Maxwell (3495 ODI Runs, 64 wickets) (35 Years)

The Australian all-rounder known for his explosive batting and handy off-spin has always been a crowd-favorite. Glenn Maxwell has been a key asset for Australia in limited-overs cricket, and his experience and versatility have contributed immensely to the team's success. However, the 1988 born all-rounder could be contemplating whether the 2023 World Cup will be his last.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Final, England vs Pakistan_ England beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup Final; England lift the T20 World Cup Trophy 2022 _ Walking Wicket (Source_ ©ICC via Getty Images)
Ben Stokes helped England won T20 WC 2022 (Source: ©ICC/Twitter)
Ben Stokes (3159 ODI Runs, 74 wickets) (32 Years)

The dynamic all-rounder from England, Ben Stokes has been a force to reckon with in international cricket. However, Stokes may bid adieu to ODI cricket as he has already hinted at issues related to workload management, after being handed over the Test captaincy for England.

Renowned for his ability to change the course of a match with both bat and ball, Stokes has played a pivotal role in England's recent triumphs. However, injuries and the toll of international cricket could be a big factor for his decision post the conclusion of this event. The cricketing community is eager to find out if this tournament will be Stokes' final World Cup appearance.

Ravindra Jadeja (2636 ODI Runs, 204 ODIs) (34 years)

The quality all-rounder from India for over a decade, Ravindra Jadeja is known for his exceptional fielding, accurate left-arm spin, and impactful batting. The Gujarat-born player has been a significant asset for the Indian cricket team.

As the 2023 World Cup approaches, questions arise regarding whether this will be his last World Cup appearance. Jadeja's form will likely play a crucial role in determining his potential farewell from the World Cup stage.

A good number of players are vying for his position in the team. However, it will be worth watching how far the team management backs the experienced Southpaw.

These players have had extraordinary careers and have contributed immensely to the sport. Everyone is waiting eagerly to witness their performances, and whether they are able to end it in a grand and memorable manner.


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