Top 5 cricketers who might retire in 2020
It may have been only from one format or all the three formats but there were multiple high-profile stars that hung up their boots from international cricket during the past decade.
Published - Jan 1, 2020 11:32 am | Updated - Jan 1, 2020 11:33 am
The year 2019 is done and dusted. There were multiple cricketers that bid adieu to international cricket in what was the last year of the 2010s decade. It may have been only from one format or all the three formats but there were multiple high-profile stars that hung up their boots from international cricket.
The likes of Lasith Malinga, Shoaib Malik, Peter Siddle, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Yuvraj Singh, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Amir and many others retired from at least one format of the game. Vernon Philander will be one of the first ones to retire in 2020 as the South African pacer has already announced that he will bid adieu to the game after the ongoing Test series against England.
There were speculations on multiple other cricketers as well and they were expected to retire in 2019. However, that did not happen. Will they retire in 2020? Only time will tell their tale.
But as we enter the new year 2020, we look at the top five cricketers who might hang up their boots this year:
1. Dale Steyn
Over the last few years, Dale Steyn has had more injuries than the cricket that he’s played. Ever time he’s been fit and firing to go, there’s another injury setback waiting for him. That rules him out for a few months and sets him back again. Thus, to prolong his career, Steyn bid adieu to Test cricket.
The ace South African fast bowler has set his sights on playing on a lot more white-ball cricket. He has looked in excellent rhythm in the recent past. Steyn had a very good season in the Mzansi Super League (MSL). He took 15 wickets from eight games and had a strike-rate of 12.8. He’s even started the Big Bash League on a high.
However, Steyn is 36 and he is constantly plagued with injuries. Thus, 2020 might be his last year in international cricket. In fact, the South African pacer might go the way for the likes of AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum where he might feature a lot more in T20 leagues.