5 greats who might be playing for the last time in IPL 2020
It is that time again as some of the legendary players might be gearing up for their last IPL.
Published - Nov 6, 2019 2:37 pm | Updated - Nov 6, 2019 2:37 pm
No matter how great a player one is, there comes a time when one will have to quit. For cricketers, it is never easy to leave a game that they love so much. But as they get older, their bodies do not really cooperate in terms of the reflexes and abilities. As a result, their game tends to deteriorate, and the performances do not remain the same with the passage of time.
It is that time again as some of the legendary players might be gearing up for their swansong in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Over the years, their contributions to their respective teams have been immense. But it is time to move on now. In all likelihood, most of these cricketers will not feature in IPL 2021 and the 2020 season may be their last.
Here are five IPL legends who might be playing the league for the last time:
Lasith Malinga is already 36 years old now. The Sri Lankan veteran, who has made a come back into the IPL in 2019, is likely to continue next year as well. But beyond that, he might not be seen anymore. At the most, Lasith will play the T20 World Cup in Australia next year before he bids adieu to the game.
The Galle-born cricketer has had to nurse several injuries in the recent past. Also, his pace has gone down a great extent, something which has reduced the impact in his bowling. Earlier, when he used to hit the 140-mark, his slower balls were highly effective and often outfoxed the batsmen.
But now, with his pace down, Lasith Malinga’s slower balls don’t create the same kind of panic. The Mumbai Indians (MI) would have already begun their hunt for alternatives. Even in the last season, he was quite expensive with the ball.