Sports Desk – Of the 15 Indian players who played the 2003 World Cup, 13 players have retired. But there are 2 players who played in that World Cup who have not said goodbye to cricket even today.
Former India all-rounder Dinesh Mongia announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 17 September 2019. With this, Mongia’s 18-year-long cricket career came to an end. The player, who made his debut for the Indian team in 2001, played his last match for India on 12 May 2007 against Bangladesh.
Mongia played a total of 57 matches in his ODI career in which he scored 1230 runs at an average of 27.95. Mongia was part of the Indian team in the 2003 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh, known as Sixer King before Mongia, retired from cricket in June this year. A brilliant era in cricket came to an end with the retirement of Yuvraj.
Mongia and Yuvraj played their first World Cup in the year 2003 on the soil of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. In this World Cup, Yuvraj, batting in the middle order, scored 240 runs at an average of 34 and finished 5th among the Indian players who scored the most runs in the tournament.
In that World Cup, India reached the final after 20 years. However, after the defeat against Australia in the final, the dream of the entire Indian team including Yuvraj was shattered. But Yuvraj impressed everyone with his fielding. After Yuvraj Singh, the cricket career of another Indian player who played the 2003 World Cup has come to an end with the retirement of Dinesh Mongia.
Let us tell you that 13 of the 15 players of the Indian team that played the 2003 World Cup have retired. But there are 2 players who played in that World Cup who have not said goodbye to cricket even today. Not only this, these 2 players are playing cricket in some form or the other. Before knowing these 2 players, we get to know about the players who represented India in the 2003 World Cup and have now retired from cricket.
Javagal Srinath, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sanjay Bangar, Ajit Agarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia.
Now let’s talk about those 2 players who played for India in the 2003 World Cup and are currently playing cricket. The name of the first player is Harbhajan Singh. 38-year-old Harbhajan may not be a part of the Indian team at this time but he is still active in cricket. Recently he was seen playing for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019.
Apart from Harbhajan, the other player’s name is Parthiv Patel. Parthiv, 34, was also a part of the 2003 World Cup but did not get a chance to play even a single match. Although Parthiv is still active in cricket. Not only this, he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL this year.