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5 South Africa players who are playing their last ODI World Cup

These players will most probably hang their boots after the mega event.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

The World Cup is arguably one of the biggest cricketing events that comes across once in four years. It is one tournament that every player wants to be a part of, representing his/her country. Not only play or participate, the World Cup is one trophy that every player wants to win at least once in his/her career. It is undoubtedly one of the most coveted trophies in the history of the game.

The South African players though haven’t had such luck. They arrived in the competition in 1992 and since then, they’ve been searching for their maiden title. They have had the team and looked good on multiple occasions but fell short in the knockouts. The Proteas have never gone past the semi-finals.

Unlike the previous editions, South Africa are not going into the 2019 World Cup as clear favourites. However, there are a few players in the team who will be playing their last World Cup. Jacques Kallis is the only South African who has played five World Cups. Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald played four each. AB de Villiers played three but is now retired. But a lot of the current cricketers will be playing their third but final World Cup of their careers. Who are these cricketers? Let’s find out.

Here are five South Africa players who are playing their last ODI World Cup:

1. Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir
South Africa’s Imran Tahir. (Photo by WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Tahir is certainly one of the oldest cricketers to be taking part in this year’s World Cup. However, the 40-year-old leggie is set to become the 24th South African cricketer to feature in 100 ODIs during this World Cup. He has already played 98 ODI games for South Africa and has picked up 162 wickets so far.

Tahir was a pretty late bloomer as he made his international debut at the age of 32. In fact, it was in a World Cup game that he made his international and ODI debut in 2011. He took 4/41 against the Windies as he set up the game for South Africa as they started their 2011 campaign with a win.

Since then, he has never looked back. He has gone on to become one of South Africa’s most successful white-ball spinners and one of their most successful bowlers at the World Cup. With 29 wickets at an average of 16.31, the Pakistan born leg-spinner is third on the list of leading wicket-takers for South Africa in World Cup cricket. In fact, he has a chance of overtaking both Shaun Pollock (31 wickets) and Allan Donald (38 wickets) in the upcoming World Cup.

Tahir announced that this World Cup would be his last ODI tournament as he is set to retire from the 50-over format. However, he did reveal that he is set to continue playing T20 cricket for a while.

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