Senior Indian cricketers including the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, senior wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, and veteran off-spin all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin are under the scanner following India’s defeat in the second semi-final against England. Most of the former cricketers have also opined about the possibility of the retirement of these veteran players from the T20 internationals.
Meanwhile, former English spinner Monty Panesar is also of an opinion that these senior players might retire very soon from the T20 internationals.
“India disappointed everyone (with the way lost in the semifinal), and I think there are some retirements coming up,” said Panesar to the Times of India.
“Let’s be honest. India didn’t up a fight in the semi. It was a completely one-sided affair. Indian bowling looked clueless in front of Buttler and Hales. You are playing the semis and you need to give a solid fight; 168 is not a small score,” he added later.
Panesar also felt that Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, and R Ashwin might hang up their boots from international cricket in the shortest format of the game.
The team management will surely have a meeting with these guys and will ask them about their plan – Monty Panesar
“Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, and R Ashwin are the top names who could say goodbye to T20I cricket. The team management will surely have a meeting with these guys and will ask them about their plans. It’s time these players make way for young players,” iterated Panesar during the conversations.
Summing up his remarks, the 40-year-old former England veteran also heaped his praises on the veteran Indian batter Virat Kohli for the latter’s brilliant performances throughout the entire edition of the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
“Virat is in great form. He is the fittest among all the Indian players. Age is just a number for Virat considering his super fitness. You may see him in the 20-20 World Cup of 2024 as well. I am not seeing Rohit being part of the tournament, and DK and Ashwin too (may not be there). There could be more players (considering T20I retirement), but these three, I think will leave T20Is and focus on Tests and ODIs,” concluded Panesar.