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5 ODI batting greats who could retire post 2019 World Cup

Rohit Pitre
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Modified 05 Mar 2018, 16:05 IST

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With the 2019 World Cup just 15 months away, teams have started preparing for the mega event that will be played in England for a fifth time. Some teams have a very established unit while some are experimenting in order to the get the balance right. Some players have already lifted the coveted trophy while some players even after performing for a long period of time haven’t been lucky enough to get their hands on the trophy. Nevertheless, all these players have thoroughly entertained the crowd with their stellar performances over the years and are now in the final years of their phenomenal career.

We look at 5 such ODI batting stalwarts who have enthralled us with their magnificent stroke-play for many years and who could be playing their last World Cup in 2019, in a final attempt to win cricket’s most prestigious tournament. These greats have held numerous batting records and have been their team's mainstay for the past decade or so. They have made batting look easy with their exquisite timing and placement. Having achieved many a batting milestone in their career, a World Cup trophy will be an icing on the top.

#5 Ross Taylor

New Zealand v Pakistan: Group A - 2011 ICC World Cup

Ross Taylor, known for his trademark slog sweeps in his early years, has improved his all-round batting over the years and has established himself as a vital cog of the New Zealand batting line-up.

The highest ODI century maker for Kiwis, who has scored more than 7000 ODI runs at an impressive average of 45, has a modest World Cup record having scored just 652 runs in 23 outings, with a century against Pakistan in 2011 World Cup his most notable contribution.

The Kiwi star would be 35 by the time 2019 World Cup starts and would like to make a major contribution to his team in what would be his final assay.

Matches- 203 Runs- 7081 Average- 45.1 Hundreds- 18

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