5 Bowling greats who could retire post the 2019 World Cup
Senior cricketers tend to push themselves extremely hard to play one last World Cup. The World Cup is a true celebration of the sport but once it is over, the fans across the world witness some of the greatest players bidding adieu to the sport.
Sri Lankan batting legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara; India's explosive opener Virender Sehwag and speedster Zaheer Khan; former Australian captain Michael Clarke -- all these players retired after the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup. It makes one wonder as to which players might hang their shoes after the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup.
The preparation of all the teams for the upcoming cricket extravaganza in England are in full swing. A little over four months remain for cricket’s most prestigious tournament to begin. Many experienced bowlers will also be taking part in the World Cup. In this article, we will specifically take a look at the Top 5 bowling greats who have a high probability of retiring after the World Cup.
#5 Stuart Broad
The lanky Stuart Broad last played an ODI match on February 14, 2016, against South Africa. However, the 32-year-old is still a regular part of England's Test side.
The lanky Right-arm fast-medium bowler had an illustrious career with England. Broad has picked up 178 wickets in the 121 ODIs he has played for the national team. However, his 433 wickets in 124 Test matches are what make him stand out.
The Nottingham-born player is currently 8th (jointly with Rangana Herath and Dale Steyn) on the list of all-time highest wicket-takers in Test cricket. His 178 scalps in ODIs also make Broad 3rd on the list of England's all-time wicket-takers in ODIs -- behind James Anderson and Darren Gough.
The hard toiling Broad has a test century to his name as well. He scored it against Pakistan in 2010. Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad created history at Lord's during that match as they made the record-breaking 8th wicket partnership of 332 runs. The former England captain is past his best days. He may end up hanging up his shoes after the World Cup as well.