India's entry into the 50-over World Cup final after a 12-year gap has stirred emotions across the nation. However, it's also bittersweet to acknowledge that skipper Rohit Sharma, leading the team to the final after 12 years, will likely play his last World Cup game on Sunday (November 19).
At 36, Rohit Sharma remains at the pinnacle of his game. Nevertheless, uncertainties loom regarding his form in 2027 and his readiness to continue. Joining him, one more Indian player along with three Australian players might bid adieu to the ODI World Cup after the final.
Here's a look at these players:
1. Mohammed Shami
At 33, Mohammed Shami is showcasing the peak of his cricketing prowess. His standout spell in the semi-final against NZ, claiming 7 wickets, will etch itself in cricketing history.
Shami's cricketing journey has a finite timeline, and by the next World Cup, at 37, he might be past his prime.
An integral part of the squad due to Hardik Pandya's injury, Shami grabbed the opportunity with an exceptional performance, solidifying his spot.
Hoping Shami lifts the World Cup trophy for India before bidding farewell from the international stage.
2. Mitchell Starc
The Australian pacer confirmed that this is his final World Cup appearance. Having been part of three ODI World Cups, Starc feels he won't be making the next one.
With an impressive record of 233 wickets in 120 ODIs, the 33-year-old displayed his prowess in this tournament with 13 wickets in 10 matches.
Starc aims to add another trophy to his collection, apart from the 2015 ODI World Cup and 2021 T20 World Cup triumphs.
3. David Warner
India's favorite Australian cricketer, David Warner, is also likely in his final World Cup at 37. Having played in three ODI World Cups, it seems unlikely he'll feature in a fourth.
Across 160 ODIs, Warner amassed 6,925 runs and 22 centuries, showcasing unwavering form and consistency throughout his career.
His stellar performance in this World Cup, scoring 528 runs in 10 matches, including two centuries, reflects his enduring skills. He aims to conclude on a high note in the final against India.
4. Steve Smith
A quintessential Australian batter, Steve Smith, at 34, is also anticipated to conclude his World Cup journey.
Smith's performance in this World Cup has been modest, with 298 runs in 9 innings, yet his impact in the middle-order remains significant.
Despite this, Smith seeks to contribute with strong innings in his last ODI World Cup appearance.