T20 World Cup 2022: Four big names who could step down after the World Cup

    The T20I World Cup 2022 demands expertise and experience from the team to have a successful campaign. And big names in these teams bring precisely what these teams need

    Aaron Finch could step down after the World Cup Aaron Finch could step down after the World Cup

    The eighth edition of the T20I World Cup 2022 will witness many young and new talent crafted from the various domestic cricket leagues globally, while few were here before this cricket league even started.

    Having a long journey, this T20I World Cup 2022, a few big names might retire after finishing this mega tournament.

    Aaron Finch

    He is one of the stalwarts of the Australian white-ball side and led the side to their maiden title in T20 World Cup 2022 last year. He made his debut in 2011 in T20I against England and blew hot and cold occasionally.  

    Leading his side to defend the title this year, he has an opportunity to end his T20I career on a high note. In a total of 96 T20Is, he scored 2973 runs with a strike rate of 144.88, averaging 34.97. 

    With many young players like Cameron Green proving their worth for the national side at the top-order, he may consider ending his T20I career here, giving youngsters a fair share of opportunity and looking to continue his play via domestic leagues like many other players. 

    Martin Guptill

    Martin Guptill is one of the greatest names in the T20 format. The opener has displayed his ruthless hitting side multiple times in his career but never won any major tournament. 

    In 121 T20Is played, he has accumulated 3497 runs at an average of 31.79 and a tremendous strike rate of 135.80. He is one of the best fielders for the Kiwis in their squad.

    However, now with young Finn Allen included in the squad for the T20 World Cup 2022, the 36-year-old will have to prove his mettle every time given the opportunity, defying his age. If he fails to prove his consistency, he might retire to shift focus to ODIs. 

    Mohammad Nabi

    Afghanistan’s captain Mohammad Nabi will likely retire from T20Is after the T20 World Cup 2022. The star all-rounder has played an integral role for the team for quite a long time.

    Ranked number one in ICC Men’s all-rounder rankings, it tells about his capabilities, but lately, he has seen a dip in his form. His performance in Asia Cup was not up to his standards. In 101 T20I matches he played, he scored 1669 runs with a terrific strike rate of 140.37 and scalped 83 wickets, giving an economy of 7.30. 

    With new talents springing in, the 37-year-old might leave his spot before the next World Cup in 2024 and continue to play franchise cricket.

    Ravichandran Ashwin

    India’s most experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has aged with grace while playing cricket. His contribution to team India’s success in test matches. However, when it comes to T20I formats, his wicket tally often fails to impress. India still backs him in the form owing to his economic spells.

    Having played 59 T20Is, he has taken 66 wickets, giving an economy of 6.80. Apart from this, he is a decent contributor with the bat in the lower order. However, with the next World Cup scheduled in 2024 and India’s talent pool increasing rapidly, he might hang his T20I boots, paving the way for young talented players. 

    He might get a call for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, considering his impact in the 2011 World Cup, and that can be a grand return for the bowler.