New Delhi: While the quest for winning the ICC World T20 Championship 2016 has already begun, there are rumours of many cricket superstars seeking retirement post the global cricket event doing the rounds. Here is a list of some international cricket heavyweights who are likely to hang their boots post the ongoing T20 World Cup in India.
M S Dhoni: Although “Captain Cool” has denied all the rumours of him walking away from international cricket after the ongoing World T20, many still believe that Dhoni will hang his boots if he is able to take India to glory in the current World T20 Championship. However, cricket specialists believe that his best playing days are yet to come. The 34-year-old Indian skipper has already said good bye to test cricket last year.
Shane Watson: One of the most destructive batsmen in T20 format and IPL, Shane Watson has indicated his retirement plans from T20I cricket post the ongoing World T20 Championship. Awarded T20 Player of the Year award in 2012 and 2013, Watson is the highest bid player for the upcoming IPL season and will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Shahid Afridi: The inconstant retirement plans of the great Pakistani all-rounder have left both cricketers and fans confused. Having served his team for the past 20 years, 36-year-old Afridi has already retired from test cricket in 2010 and from ODIs last year after Pakistan lost to Australia in the quarter finals of the 2015 World Cup. He has captained the team in 35 T20Is that include 16 wins and 19 losses.
Lasith Malinga: It might be shocking for the cricket fans but Sri Lanka’s former T20 skipper is likely to join the list of cricketers taking retirement after the T20 World Cup 2016. One of the most feared bowlers in the world, Malinga has not only bagged two World Cup hat-tricks and three ODI hat-tricks, but is also the only bowler to claim four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of cricket.
Nathan McCullum The 35-year-old Kiwi spinner has already intimated about his retirement from international cricket at the end of the season saying that he wants to spend more time with his family. Nathan, the elder brother of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, has bagged 63 wickets from 84 ODIs and 55 wickets from 61 T20Is till date.
Rangana Herath: Sri Lanka’s left-arm orthodox spinner has officially announced to bid adieu to international cricket after the T20 World Cup 2016. Rangana has been leading the Sri Lankan bowling attack for the past six years. His knee injury is considered to be a key factor for his retirement.
Mashrafe Mortaza: With so many stars planning to quit international cricket, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has also hinted about his retirement at the end of the year. The 32-year old Bangladeshi all-rounder has been suffering from knee and ankle injuries from a long time.