5 Players Who Are Going To Play Their Last World Cup In 2023?

Discover if cricket icons like Virat Kohli, David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Shakib Al-Hasan, and Kane Williamson will retire after the 2023 World Cup in this insightful article.

The World Cup 2023 is underway, and many star players are going to be featured in the World Cup around the top cricket countries. Some of them will play their last World Cup edition. The last edition had an amazing final between England and New Zealand in which England became the world champion by sheer luck. Many top players on the list will not be in the next edition of the 50 Over World Cup, which will break many fans’ hearts.

1. Virat Kohli (INDIA)

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Many fans will decline this, but it is very possible that Virat Kohli might not be going to play in the 2027 World Cup Edition. He is one of the best cricket players in the world and has written his name in the book of the greatest players of all time already, but right now, he is on the hunt to win his second World Cup and cheers the moment he does in the 2011 world cup where he has been one of the youngest players at that time.

The 2011 World Cup was all about Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, and every common man of India felt happiness that day when Dhoni hit the winning six, but what brought more the next day was Virat Kohli realized how fitness matters and from there, he has been one of the fittest cricket in the world which directly lifted his performance in the world cricket.

Virat Kohli is fit enough to play in the next World Cup, but it might be too hard for them to carry because his injury issues have been a concern in the past few years when he suffered from a back injury. He has been the best batter of the ODI in the last 5 years, but the injury has not allowed him to play most of the matches, which is a top concern about him.

If India wins the 2023 World Cup, then the possibility of him retiring will increase. He played 281 ODIs and scored 13083 runs with an average of 57.38, which is something very few batters did ever, and his 47 made him the second-highest century scorer, just behind Sachin with 49 and in the World Cup, Virat can break the record.

2. David Warner (Australia)

David Warner might play his last World Cup.

David Warner has been the core part of the Australian team for a long time, and his stats in India have been one of the best in the Australian team. It will be his last World Cup because of his age and performance, which dipped, and if the World Cup were not on Indian soil, then he would not be in the team for the 2023 edition of the World Cup.

Warner played 150 ODIs for the Australian team with an average of 45.04, which clearly shows his amazing performance in the opening slot for Australia. He played two editions of the World Cup and won the World Cup in 2015.

3. Rohit Sharma (India)

Rohit Sharma will play his last World Cup.

Rohit Sharma is said to be the best white-ball batter of the modern era, and he showed it by scoring three double hundreds, which might be impossible for other batters to break because, in the recent generation, players don’t look to play longer and choose to play faster which is why many fastest century and half-century being broken.

Rohit is the captain of the Indian Cricket team and will look to win the World Cup for his team this year after being the highest run scorer in the 2019 edition of the World Cup. He also holds the record for the most centuries (5) in a single World Cup, which he did in 2019, but it will be his last World Cup in the 2023 edition, and many fans will miss the sixes he hits with amazing ease. He played 251 ODIs, scored 10112 runs with an average of 48.85, and hitted the most sixes in ODI (292). He will be looking to win his first World Cup, as he failed to win last time.

4. Shakib Al-Hasan (Bangladesh)

Shakib Al-Hasan will play his fourth World Cup.

Shakib Al-Hasan is again going to captain Bangladesh in the World Cup, which will be his fourth World Cup, making him one of the fewest players who played four World Cups. He has been one of the best all-rounders for a long time in ODIs. He played 240 matches in ODIs, scoring 7384 runs, and also took 308 wickets, which clearly makes him the best.

It will be Shakib’s last World Cup, as he is 36 years old already and has the most experience in the Bangladesh squad alongside Rahim. He played in every league in the World and has never been dropped from the Bangladesh team since 2007, which is an amazing fact.

5. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

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Kane Williamson will play his last World Cup, as in recent years, he has been suffering from an ACL injury and also a back injury, which made him miss the first match of the World Cup 2023. He is in recovery mode but will play some matches in the World Cup, and he has been the best batter for New Zealand for the last 5 years. He will also play his fourth 50 overs World Cup and also already played four T20 World Cups.

Kane Williamson is considered the greatest gentleman of the game, and everyone just loves the way he is, but he has never been lucky one as he has lost three World Cup finals since 2015, and the last World Cup he lost against England was pure bad luck. However, he won the World Test Championship against India, but everyone felt happy for him. Many other players like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, and many more will retire before 2027, but those were the five players.

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