10 Current cricketers who can retire from one format

There are several cricketers in the modern era who have been unable to excel in all three formats of the game.

Chris Gayle, Racichandran Ashwin, and Shikhar Dhawan

Chris Gayle, Racichandran Ashwin, and Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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The ability to adapt and modify their styles of play is very important for cricketers to thrive and succeed in the modern era. The players are involved in three different formats of the game, each having its own challenges, and only a handful of cricketers have managed to emerge successful in all three formats.

While Test cricket will require a cricketer to cultivate the qualities of patience and perseverance, the T20 format of the game would require the cricketers to be agile, alert, and think on the spot. And then, there is the ODI format of the game where a cricketer should oscillate between patience and agility.

And, there are several cricketers in the modern era who have been unable to excel in all three formats of the game. And so, it would be better for them to retire from one of the formats so that they can focus their energies and excel in the other two formats of the game. In this article, let us take a look at 10 such cricketers.

10. Ishant Sharma (ODIs/T20Is)

Ishant Sharma ODI
Ishant Sharma ODI. (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma is one of the all-time greats for India in Test match cricket. He is the 6th highest wicket-taker for India in the longest format of the game and has scalped 303 wickets in a whopping 101 Test matches. While Sharma is still a vital cog of the Indian side in Test match cricket, he has fallen off the radar in limited-overs cricket.

In fact, the last time that Sharma played a match for India in limited-overs cricket was way back in January 2016, when he played an ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Sharma played his last T20I match for India in the year 2013.

In fact, Sharma has only managed to feature in 80 ODIs and 14 T20Is for India in his career. And, with him already over 32 years old and with a plethora of bowlers available for the Indian side in limited-overs cricket, Sharma may not find a spot in both the ODI as well as the T20I sides.

So, it would be best for the lanky pacer to announce his retirement from either ODIs or T20Is so that he can prolong his Test career.

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