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'Why he can't?' - David Warner believes 43-year-old star India batter can play 2031 ODI World Cup

No modern-day Indian player has played above the age of 40. While Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar played his last international match at the age of 40, MS Dhoni stretched his career to 39.

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David Warner (Source: Twitter)

David Warner (Source: Twitter)

If anyone says that Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batter, it would be hard to argue against it. From World Cup winner to Player of the Year and Player of the Decade, the 35-year-old has managed to decorate his ODI career with every accolade possible. He came so close to winning his second World Cup title last month but unfortunately had to join millions of heartbroken Indians.

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It has been more than a year since Kohli played a T20I as the Indian Cricket Board fielded a young team after India's semi-final defeat in last year's World Cup in Australia. The former India captain has now reportedly taken an indefinite break from white-ball cricket and it is unclear whether he will ever be part of the shorter format.

Another big question surrounding Kohli and other senior players is whether they will be part of the next ODI World Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa in 2027. By then, the veteran Indian cricketer will turn 39, making his chances of participation very slim. However, Australian opening batter David Warner believes Kohli still has more cricket left in him and can play two more Cricket World Cups.

He is very fit: Warner on Kohli 

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Kohli will be 43 when India hosts the 2031 World Cup. But considering the importance the Indian cricketer places on his fitness, Warner feels that he can play for another 8 years. In response to a fan post on X, the former Australian limited-overs captain said: "No reason why he can't, he is very fit and loves the game so much." 

No modern-day Indian player has played above the age of 40. While Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar played his last international match at the age of 40, MS Dhoni stretched his career to 39. If Kohli manages to extend his career to 43 it will be history, but the chances are slim with so many talents warming their bench. 

Meanwhile, a fan also asked Warner about the chances of him playing in the next World Cup. "Sir, will you play the 2027 World Cup also? I want to see you in that WC please," the question read. The 37-year-old came up with a hilarious response saying "2031" with an emoji. Warner will turn 45 by the time of the 2031 ODI World Cup.   

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