After an invigorating 2 months, the 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup has ended with the hosts, England, winning the title. England and New Zealand were the 2 sides who battled in the final which saw England lift the trophy, thanks to their higher number of boundaries after the scores were tied even after a Super Over. However, New Zealand deserve equal respect, as they never lost hope and kept on fighting till the last ball.
This edition proved an emotional one for the cricketing universe, as various cricket stars bid adieu to the game. Some players have publicly confirmed their retirement, whereas some stars may take the hardest decision of their career soon. Speaking of the players who have confirmed their retirement, 3 cricketers called it a day after the 2019 World Cup.
This article features a list of those 3 cricketers who have already announced their retirement.
#3 JP Duminy (South Africa)
South Africa did not have a great World Cup campaign in 2019, as the team fared poorly in the mega-event. The side which had a plethora of experienced cricketers got only 7 points on the table. However, the younger players of the team tried to give the team’s veteran all-rounder, JP Duminy a fitting farewell in the game against Australia.
After a career spanning over 15 years, Proteas all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy has announced his retirement from the world of cricket. Duminy retired with over 8000 runs and 132 wickets under his name in the 3 formats of the game. He made his debut in the year 2004, and played his last international match on 6 July 2019, providing the best of his services to the rainbow nation in that time period.
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#2 Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)
The Pakistani fans regard Shoaib Malik as one of the most important pillars of the their team. Malik made his debut in the year 1999 and stood for his side whenever his team required him the most. He has been the perfect example of a calm cricketer who knows how to handle the pressure. Playing the sport for 20 years, Shoaib Malik emerged as one of the best spin-bowling all-rounders.
Shoaib Malik had a great ODI career which started against West Indies in 1999 and ended against India in 2019. He retired with 7534 ODI runs under his belt, along with 158 wickets with the ball. He had announced his retirement from the Test format in the year 2015 to focus on the 2019 World Cup.
Even though the all-rounder was not at his best in the World Cup, he bid farewell to the game like a gentleman and accepted the team's decision to drop him out of the starting XI after the match against India.
#1 Imran Tahir (South Africa)
The one player which South Africa might miss the most after the World Cup 2019 is their star leg-spinner, Imran Tahir. Tahir provided the finest of his services from 2011 to 2019 by being the best leg spinner of his side. Even though he retired at 40 years of age, his bowling consistency and accuracy had not deteriorated. He proved to be the cornerstone for his side with his mind-boggling spin variations.
Known for his witty leg-spin bowling, Tahir retired with 293 wickets to his name across all the formats of the game. The star bowler had performed well for his side in the 2019 World Cup. It seemed like his performance kept on improving with his age.
The fans will never see the wild celebrations of Imran Tahir now, at least at the international level. However, the leggie may entertain the cricket universe by playing in the T20 leagues around the world.