Time and tide spares none. No matter how much we love a thing, after a certain period, it goes away. Similarly, in the world of cricket, no wonder how much we like a player, age catches up with even the best of players in the business.
Each and every edition of IPL comes up with something good but also something unfavorable. Good in the sense that there are new players, who come to the fore and excite us with their extravagant skills. But there are also those who leave us heavy hearted by hanging up their boots in the very sport that we have become accustomed to watching them.
Today, we take a look at 5 T20 veterans who might play their last IPL in 2020.
The Jamaican superstar, Christopher Henry Gayle has been one of the biggest entertainers in the history of IPL. With his monstrous sixes and crazy personality, he is one of those guys you really look forward to watching. The southpaw might have had brilliant last two seasons in IPL, but we have to admit that he is not on the right side of age. We might not get to see the 40-year old after the 2020 edition of the lucrative league.
With new captain and coach taking over the reins of Kings XI Punjab, they might also want to go for a youngster at the top, who can bear fruits in long-term scenario than Gayle, who might not have a lot to offer in years to come.
From bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians in 2018, Lasith Malinga was back to playing for the franchise in 2019 edition of the IPL. He even had a big role to play in Mumbai Indian's win in the final. With 170 wickets in 122 games and an economy of 7.14, the Sri Lankan T20I captain is the greatest bowler in the history of the IPL.
The 36-year old has already retired from Tests and ODIs and is likely to hang up his boots after leading Sri Lanka in the 2020 T20 World Cup. There are high chances that the upcoming season of the IPL will be the last that we see Malinga in, as he might stop playing cricket post the 2020 T20 WC.
MS Dhoni has to be the greatest captain that Indian cricket has ever seen. But gradually, we are seeing a lot less of him on the 22-yards, which is heartbreaking for all the Thala fans. Dhoni has not played for India since the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
There are minimal chances that Dhoni will play the 2020 T20 World Cup. It seems we are very close to see the end of Dhoni's international career. It's hard to predict the moves of the 38-year old but it is highly unlikely that Dhoni will feature in competitive cricket post 2020 IPL.
The 39-year old, Harbhajan Singh hasn't been a regular feature in Chennai Super Kings' playing XI. He makes it to the team on the basis of pitches and opposition. As far as his Indian career goes, he is not even in the reckoning for the senior-level cricket though he has not announced his retirement yet. The veteran Indian spinner, who has 150 IPL wickets, has already established himself in the role of a media analyst. And given his age, it doesn't seem too long before he hangs his boots from all forms of competitive cricket.
Leg-spinner, Amit Mishra is counted among the most successful players in the history of IPL. The 36-year old is the second highest-wicket-taker in IPL history. He has taken 157 wickets in 147 games and has an economy of 7.35. But the recent influx of spinners in Delhi Capitals is an indication that Mishra is not going to be the team's leading spinner as they are trying to invest in players keeping the future in mind.
With the likes of R Ashwin, Mayank Markande, Axar Patel and Sandeep Lamichhane in Delhi's ranks, we might see the last of Mishra in the 2020 IPL.