ODI World Cup trophy – 2023 might have been the last dance for these Indian players

Nov 20, 2023

By: Sourabh Jain

Australia lifts the 2023 World Cup

Australia has emerged as the winner of the 2023 World Cup, defeating India by six wickets while chasing a low total of 241 runs.

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A peak at 2027 World Cup

In this post, we look at some of the players who may not play for India in the next World Cup in 2027, which will be held in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, the current Indian captain, is 36-years-old and will be hitting 40 by the time the next ODI World Cup is played. Thus, it is possible that he may have played his last 50-over World Cup game in the final.

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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, who is now 35-years-old, has maintained fitness like no other and is still sprinting harder than the youngsters in the team. We hope we see a final hurrah but experts like Muttiah Muralitharan have pointed out that “eye-hand coordination” is key and that fades with time.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin is 37-years-old and may not appear in the 2027 World Cup, as younger players join the fray.

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Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami, the 33-year-old fast bowler who emerged as the leading wicket taker in the World Cup, has been picked selectively for India’s white ball tournaments in the run up to the 2023 edition. A journey till 2027 looks tough.

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Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav, though a newer member of the Indian team is 33 now. A finisher by batting position, he had a forgetful journey in the 2023 edition and the “eye-hand-coordination” point will go against him in four years time.

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Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur, the 32-year-old bowler who got a part in the 2023 World Cup squad as a bowling allrounder, a tough ask on the body, will find it difficult to maintain both his skills at top-level as he turns 36.

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Shikhar Dhawan

37-year-old Shikhar Dhawan, who was missing from the 2023 World Cup is unlikely to be called upon for the 2027 World Cup, as several youngsters are competing for the openers’ spot.

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