4 Players who retired silently after World Cup 2019

These players were bogged down by bad performances before calling it quits.

Hamid Hassan
Hamid Hassan. (Photo Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

For the third time in a row, a home team has been crowned the champions of world cricket. The 2019 World Cup threw up some great games to reminisce about in the future. There were a few exciting finishes at the group stage, only to become more thrilling in the knock-outs. Individual performances with the bat, ball and in the field have taken limelight throughout the tournament.

With every team playing 9 group matches, there were a few emerging stars and a few who we might have seen for the last time at the highest level. The world cup was also considered to be special as it was the last one for the likes of Steyn, Dhoni, and Faf. However, there were few other cricketers who in their very gracious way have taken retirement as the World Cup concluded.

Here is a list of cricketers who retired silently from ODI cricket after the World Cup

1. Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Imran Tahir created history as he became the first spinner to open the bowling in a World Cup. On the second ball, he took the wicket of Bairstow and ran on a customary frenzied celebratory run. Even at the age of 40, Tahir’s energy in his celebration run is very akin to that of a young’un.

A late starter in international cricket, Tahir made his ODI debut by the age of 31 in 2011 and since he has been the lead spinner for the Proteas. In the 2011 World Cup, he took 14 wickets in mere 5 games!! Tahir achieved number 1 rankings in ODIs during the 2015 world cup, scalping a total of 15 wickets at 21.53.

Although South Africa had a disappointing World Cup, Tahir took 11 wickets in 9 matches to wind-up his remarkable career. The Lahore born leggie has been consistent throughout his career and he retires with 173 wickets in 107 matches at 24.84. Tahir has not given up on his dream of a World Cup as he plans to play the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.


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