5 Players who should’ve retired after 2019 World Cup but didn’t

5 Players who should’ve retired after 2019 World Cup but didn’t

There was a lot of speculation around these players and they’ve decided to continue and not call it a day.

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Mohammad Hafeez. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Retirement has always been personal but it has always been about timing as well. It is important for players to identify the right time to call it a day. There have been players nailed the timing. However, there have also been players who’ve prolonged their careers or have hung up their boots quite early.

World Cup has been one of the stages where a lot of players decide to end their careers. Over the years, a lot of cricketers have bid adieu to the game after the showpiece 50-over event. This year was no different.

However, there are players who should’ve retired after this 2019 World Cup but didn’t. There was a lot of speculation around these players and they’ve decided to continue and not call it a day. Thus, here are five players who should’ve hung up their boots post the 2019 World Cup.

1. MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was back in December 2004 that Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped on to the field for the first time in international cricket. He didn’t have the best of starts but soon found his feet. He went on to become India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all formats.

The former Indian skipper retired from Test cricket in December 2014 and solely played white-ball cricket. There was a lot of speculation around his retirement considering the way he bowed out of the longest format. However, in 2016, he cleared the air sarcastically and set his eyes on the 2019 World Cup.

Thus, Dhoni was expected to retire after the 2019 World Cup but he’s kept everyone waiting. His form hasn’t been at it’s best and there has been a lot of criticism about his strike-rate and his approach. He scored 273 runs at an average of 45.50 in this World Cup and then made himself unavailable for two months.

While Dhoni might be sharp as ever behind the stumps, his powers with the bat have been on the wane for a while now. Thus, post the 2019 World Cup was the right time to announce his retirement.