2019 World Cup: Cricketers for whom this is the last World Cup (part one)
CWC 2019: Hashim Amla, Chris Gayle, Mashrafe Mortaza MS Dhoni and Lasith Malinga.

It is May 1, which means that the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is just a few weeks away.

The ten-team tournament, which starts on May 30, will see several cricket players play their final World Cup.

In part one of our ODI World Cup farewell features, here are five cricketers for whom this will be the last tournament.

Hashim Amla

ODI record: M 174 Runs 9710 HS 149 Avg 49.74 SR 89.22 100 27 50 27

World Cup record: M 15 Runs 639 HS 159 Avg 42.60 SR 91.41 100 2 50 3

Amla, 36, is South Africa’s fourth-highest run-getter in ODIs and his 27 hundreds are a national record. Since the start of 2018, he averages 35.26 in 16 ODI innings, with one century and three fifties. In this time, his strike-rate has been 89.35 which is marginally higher than his career strike-rate.

He has played two World Cups – in 2011 and 2015. In 2011, South Africa were beaten in the quarter-finals and in four years later they were eliminated in heart-breaking scenes at Eden Park by hosts New Zealand.

MS Dhoni

ODI record: M 341 Runs 10500 HS 183* Avg 50.72 SR 87.55 100 10 50 71

World Cup record: M 20 Runs 507 HS 91* Avg 42.25 SR 91.18 100 0 50 3

The man who led India to the World Cup title in 2011, and who hit the winning runs in the final with a six off Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara, heads into his fourth and final tournament. In 2007, Dhoni was wicketkeeper when India were knocked out in the league stage. In 2015, he captained the team to the semi-finals.

At the age of 37 – he will turn 38 on July 7 – Dhoni is on the last legs of his international career. What chances of an epic swan song?

Yuvraj Singh erupts after MS Dhoni hits the winning six in the World Cup final.
Yuvraj Singh erupts after MS Dhoni hits the winning six in the World Cup final. © Getty

Chris Gayle

ODI record: M 298 Runs 10151 HS 215 Avg 38.16 SR 87.14 100 25 50 51

World Cup record: M 26 Runs 944 HS 215 Avg 37.76 SR 91.11 100 2 50 4

Gayle, 39, is West Indies’ second most successful ODI batsman after Brian Lara with 10,096 runs in 286 games. He has said that he will retire after the World Cup, which will be his fifth tournament.

His only ODI double-century came during the 2015 World Cup, against Zimbabwe, a stroke-filled 215 off 147 balls.

Gayle has this year made 424 runs in four ODI innings, at an average of 106 and strike-rate of 134.17.

Lasith Malinga

ODI record: M 281 Overs 1751.2 Runs 9349 Wickets 322 BB 6/38 Avg 29.03 Econ 5.33 SR 32.6

World Cup record: M 22 Balls 170.4 Runs 908 Wickets 43 BB 6/38 Avg 21.11 Econ 5.32 SR 23.8

This will be Malinga’s fourth and final World Cup. In 2007, he nearly bowled Sri Lanka to victory over South Africa with four wickets in four balls, the only time a bowler has managed that during a World Cup.

In 2011, on his comeback, Malinga blew away Kenya with his ODI best figures of 6/38 which included a hat-trick.

At 35, he is getting on his years and will hope for one final hurrah at the World Cup.

Lasith Malinga will play his fourth and final World Cup for Sri Lanka. © Getty Images

Mashrafe Mortaza

ODI record: M 205 Overs 1708.1 Runs 8214 Wickets 259 BB 6/26 Avg 31.71 Econ 4.80 SR 39.5

World Cup record: M 16 Overs 131.2 Runs 649 Wickets 18 BB 4/38 Avg 36.05 Econ 4.94 SR 43.7

Mashrafe leads Bangladesh in his fourth World Cup, after playing for them in 2003, 2007 and 2015. At 35, he is the oldest member of the Bangladesh squad and has plenty of experience which is why he is the captain.

Mortaza is also Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs with 258. He will retire after the World Cup, Mashrafe has hinted as a career in politics beckons.