South Africa, yet again, had to face a disappointing defeat in the knockouts of a World Cup. That said, the Proteas would take a lot of positives home from the 2023 ODI World Cup. The management could also have an eye on the future. They could make some radical changes while some players themselves could re-asses their plans for the future. On that note, here, we take a look at three South African players who could surprisingly consider retirement from ODIs.
1) Kagiso Rabada
Rabada’s form has been inconsistent in recent months. The player could be playing too much cricket and this could be affecting his output.
While he is very much needed for Tests, Rabada might need the T20 format for himself. With many youngsters coming through, Rabada might step aside to concentrate on the other two formats. Therefore, he is on the list.
2) David Miller
David Miller is one of the South African players who could surprisingly consider retirement from ODIs. It was one of the best knocks by Miller in the semi-finals against Australia.
However, Miller was not that great in the previous games. While his experience his necessary, the player himself could see a future that would help him in the long run. This might involve focusing on T20s and hence, Miller could quit the format.
3) Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma was the skipper of South Africa at the World Cup. However, the opener had a terrible outing as a player. It needs to be seen if South Africa would stick with him as the captain.
While Bavuma deserves another run, it needs to be noted that he has been having far too many rough patches in recent years. With the likes of Dewald Brevis waiting for their turn, it is high time that South Africa makes a decision. On the other hand, Bavuma might himself take a call to provide his complete attention to the longest format.