Sachin Tendulkar to Ricky Ponting: 5 legends who played their last World Cup in 2011. The 2011 World Cup is engraved on the hearts of Indian cricket fans this season. Those who were born in the late 90s had just heard the news of Kapil Dev lifting the 1983 World Cup at Lord Balcony. But April 2, 2011, was the day that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and her blue men made us realize what a great World Cup victory was.
For a passionate cricket fan, it is impossible to forget Captain Dhoni’s winning gun and the legendary winning leg Sachin Tendulkar on the shoulders of the Indian players. It was a gift to Master-Blaster as it was the last World Cup of his career.
But he was not the only big player in the competition to dream of lifting the trophy. There were many others at the 2011 marquee event that marked the last world cup in their fine works.
Let’s take a look at those 5 names that played their last World Cup in 2011:
Sachin Tendulkar: Our Master Blaster has provided an endless amount of entertainment for almost every game India played in the 2011 World Cup. with 482 runs, including two hundred and many centuries. He would not have done much in the last game against Sri Lanka at home but his captain – MS Dhoni – gave him a valuable gift at the end of the day – the World Cup he lost in 2003.
Back in the year 2013, Sachin called it quits in the ODIs and played the final Test of his career at Wankhede in 2014 to complete his 24-year journey with 15921 runs in Test cricket and 18426 runs in the ODIs.
Ricky Ponting: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had a prestigious tournament as he scored 206 runs in seven games and scored 100 against India in the quarterfinals. However, the two-time World Cup-winning captain missed out on a third belt when India beat Australia in the quarterfinals by 5 wickets. He drew the curtains in his international field in 2012 with 27,483 runs (13378 in Tests, 13704 in ODIs, 401 in T20Is) in his name.
Shoaib Akhtar: A famous Pakistani paceman – also known as Rawalpindi Express – has announced during the tournament that he will be leaving international cricket after the World Cup. He has appeared in two matches and collected three wickets before missing the semi-final against arch-rivals India Pakistan with 29 runs lost. Akhtar finished his impressive career with 178 wickets in 46 Tests, 247 wickets in 163 ODIs and 19 wickets in 15 T20Is.
Mattiah Muralitharan: A Sri Lankan sangoma played in the last World Cup of his career in 2011. Muralitharan scored 15 wickets in nine matches for the 2011 World Cup. of his long career. He has 800 test wickets (the largest bowler in the world) and 534 are awarded in ODIs. He also has 13 wickets in his name on the T20Is.
Brett Lee: The spearhead is one of the Australian on the list who played his last World Cup in 2011. Brett Lee played in seven games and hit 13 wickets on an average of 18.07. He registered his top scorer – 4/28 – against Pakistan but ended up on the losing side. He retired from world cricket in 2012 with 310 wickets and 380 in Tests and ODIs respectively. Lee continued to play in the T20 league globally until 2015 and finished with 109 scalps on his credit.