Stars who are going to play their last World Cup
6 February 2015, Nirapad News: A number of big stars will be seen playing for the last time in a World Cup in this edition in Australia and New Zealand. While some have announced their ODI retirement, for others age is simply not on their side.
Shahid Afridi is hands down one of the most dangerous ODI cricketers, perhaps of all time. Afridi earned the nickname Boom Boom very early on in his career, thanks to his explosive batting. Over the years, Afridi has turned into one of the most effective spinners in world cricket. He has already played 4 World Cups and the 2015 edition will be his last. He will be retiring from ODIs after the marquee event. In his 18 year ODI career, Afridi has played 391 ODIs, scoring over 7900 runs, with 6 centuries. He has also taken 393 ODI wickets.
One of Sri Lanka’s biggest match winners, Kumar Sangakkara will be retiring from all forms of the game after this edition of the World Cup. Sangakkara, who has scored over 13,500 ODI runs will leave a big hole in the Sri Lankan batting order. The 37 year old, who has played 397 ODIs, has scored 21 ODI tons. Sangakkara, who was a key player for the Lankans in the 2014 T20 World Cup triumph, will be an important cog in the Lankan wheel, as they aim to win their 2nd World title.
Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene will be retiring from ODIs after the World Cup. The 37 year old scored 304 runs in 9 matches in the last edition of the World Cup, at an average of over 50. Jayawardene has played 441 ODIs. In an ODI career spanning 17 years, Jayawardene has amassed over 12,500 runs, with 18 centuries. Jayawardene has bagged a total of 18 Man of the Match awards in his ODI career.
Australia’s regular captain Michael Clarke is desperate to be fit in time for the World Cup, perhaps because he knows it’s his last. Injury concerns have put a question mark over his availability for the entire tournament, but Pup will be hoping to play most of the matches and is aiming to return for Australia’s second World Cup match vs Bangladesh. Clarke, who made his ODI debut in 2003, has played 2 World Cups. The 33 year old had an average of over 70 in the 2011 edition. Though he has ruled out ODI retirement anytime soon, this World Cup might just be his last.
James Anderson is England’s pace spearhead and has already played 3 World Cups. The 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand could well be his last. The 32 year old, who made his ODI debut in 2002, has bagged a total of 264 wickets. One of the most skillful bowlers of his generation, Anderson is in good form ahead of the World Cup and will be hoping to make what is possibly his last World Cup appearance a memorable one.