ICC T20 World Cup 2022: 4 Players Might Take Retirement From T20I After The Tournament. The most awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is just 3 months away. All the teams are busy finding out the best team combination that can outsmart other teams. Some of the biggest names in world cricket will find themselves on the flight to Australia to represent their respective teams.
The 16-team format is expected to attract many audiences, as was the case last year when the tournament was shifted to UAE and Oman. Australia lifted the ICC T20 World Cup trophy for the first time in the last edition, defeating Pakistan in the finals.
The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will probably be the last time we will see a few veteran cricketers playing for their national team. Let us evaluate the top 4 players who might retire from T20I after the mega event:
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4 Players Who Might Retire From T20I After The Tournament
VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA) 33 Years
The former Team India skipper Virat Kohli needs no introduction. After Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni, he is the most admired cricketer in world cricket. In the T20 format, Kohli has scored 3308 runs, at an average of 50.12, which is incredible. But, over the last 2 years, his performance has deteriorated considerably. He hasn’t scored a century, and his place in the T20 world cup team is in jeopardy.
Virat Kohli, in spite of enough opportunities, has failed to perform in the last few years. Even the cricket pundits feel that it’s high time Virat Kohli should play domestic cricket and earn his place back in the team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Kohli’s poor form continues in the recently concluded India vs England Test, T20 & ODI series.
Kohli has been playing all forms of cricket, and he will most likely be quitting the shortest format to make way for youngsters and focus more on tests and ODI, which he has always cherished playing.
AARON FINCH (AUSTRALIA) 35 Years
Aaron Finch led Australia to its maiden ICC T20 World Cup trophy last year. He was very instrumental in guiding the team to greater heights. Finch has already hinted that he will call it quits after the end of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Since the tournament will take place in his home country, Australia, it will be a perfect opportunity for him to retire in front of his home crowd, possibly with another T20 trophy. In 92 matches, Aaron Finch has scored 2855 runs, averaging 35.2 and a strike rate of 145.3.
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TIM SOUTHEE (NEW ZEALAND) 33 Years
Tim Southee is one of the veterans who has served New Zealand cricket since 2008. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in the T20 format, picking 11 wickets in 90 matches. Tim Southee is an all-format bowler and is among the best swing bowlers New Zealand has ever witnessed.
However, over the last 2 years, his performance in white bowl cricket has deteriorated considerably. Tim Southee is already 33 years old and would like to quit the T20 format to focus on the test and ODI.
SHAKIB AL HASSAN (BANGLADESH) 35 Years
Shakib al Hassan is one of the best cricketers Bangladesh has ever produced. Over the last 15 years, Shakib has been instrumental in helping the Bangladesh cricket team reach good heights. He is the only player who has scored more than 2000 runs and picked more than 100 wickets in the T20 format. In fact, Shakib is the leading wicket-taker in the T20 format, with 121 dismissals to his name.
The 35-year-old all-rounder will most likely quit the T20 format and focus on red bowl cricket, given that he is the current captain of the Bangladesh test team.