ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will showcase emerging talents from teams all over the world but many renowed players might be bidding farewell to the sport after serving their respective teams for many years.
ARYSports.tv takes a look at some of the players who will play their final World Cup.
Shahid Afridi made his one day debut against Kenya in 1996 and became well-known for his aggressive approach towards the game. He smashed a 37 ball hundred against Sri Lanka which remained a world record for more than a decade.
He scored 8,064 runs in 398 ODI matches with a strike rate of 117. The hard hitting batsman has six hundreds and 39 fifties to his name as well.
He has also taken 395 wickets in his one day career as well.
Hard hitting Afridi is treated like a rockstar wherever he plays. His nickname of “Boom Boom Afridi” suits him as he has the ability to change the game with the bat as well as the ball.
Hailing from Punjab’s city of Mianwali, Misbah-ul-Haq emerged as the workhorse of the Pakistan cricket team for the past couple of years.
As consistent as lunar tides, Misbah-ul-Haq appeared in 162 matches and scored 5122 runs with an average of 43.40 runs per innings. He raised his bat for 42 half centuries but never managed to pull off a ton on the 50 over format.
He took reigns as the captain of the green shirts ODI team after the country was going through the match fixing scandal back in 2009.
Misbah became the first Asian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa. He also led his side to victory in the one day series as well.
Despite criticized for his defensive approach towards the game, Misbah’s achievements speak for themselves and he lets his bat do the talking.
Sri Lanka’s cricketing gem Kumar Sangakkara was a force to be reckoned with. His contributions with the bat and behind the stumps has made him one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
Sangakkara made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 2000. He played 404 matches for Sri Lanka and went on to score 14,234 runs throughout his career with an average of 41.98 runs per innings. He scored 25 centuries and 93 half centuries as well.
As a wicket keeper, the Sri Lankan wicket keeper took 402 catches and stumped out 99 batsmen as well.
Sangakkara is indeed a legend with a class of his own.
The batsman with appetite to score runs, Mahela Jayawardene emerged into the cricketing scene in 1998 against Zimbabwe.
He has contributed 12,650 runs for Sri Lanka while playing in 448 including 19 centuries and 77 half centuries. He also scored a ton in the World Cup 2011 final against India.
The right handed batsman led his side for couple of years as well. He was named Captain of the Year back in 2006
Jayawardene indeed is one of the most decorated batsmen of all time.
Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor was one of the finest cricketers the country has ever produced.
He made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2000 and scored 5122 runs on 162 matches he represented his side in.
He scored 42 half centuries for his country as well.
These are some of the most renowned cricketers who will say good bye to the sport after this World Cup after playing with their heart and soul for their country.