2027 Cricket World Cup: How old will be the current Indian team be and who all will still be playing? | Sporting News India

2027 Cricket World Cup: How old will be the current Indian team be and who all will still be playing? | Sporting News India

India’s ODI World Cup 2023 campaign ended with disappointment. While they headed to the final of the tournament as favourites, Australia brought their champion mentality to the fore, winning the all-important match with their clutch genes.

After opting to bowl first, Australia made most of the toss advantage, tying down the scoring-rate after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, restricting India to a score of 240 in the end 

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The Indian quicks made early inroads, but as it panned out, it did not matter in the result of the match. Travis Head became the match-winner, smashing a century. Marnus Labuschagne played a defiant half-century knock as Australia won by six wickets in the 43rd over.

With this, India let off a golden chance to end their ODI World Cup trophy drought. With the next ODI World Cup scheduled in the African continent in 2027 during October-November, most of the players will not be around then as they will be in the latter half of 30s. If we count their average age for the 2027 World Cup, it creeps to somewhere around 35 years. Let us have a detailed look at this.

Age of Indian players for the Cricket World Cup 2027

Player Current Age Age during World Cup 2027
Rohit Sharma 36 40
Shubman Gill 24 28
Virat Kohli 35 39
Shreyas Iyer 28 32
KL Rahul 31 35
Suryakumar Yadav 33 37
Ravindra Jadeja 34 38
Mohammad Shami 33 37
Jasprit Bumrah 29 33
Kuldeep Yadav 28 32
Mohammed Siraj 29 33
Ravichandran Ashwin 37 41
Shardul Thakur 32 36
Ishan Kishan 25 29
Prasidh Krishna 27 31
Hardik Pandya 30 34

Which Indian players will not be playing the 2027 Cricket World Cup?

Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will be in their 40s during the 2027 Cricket World Cup and highly unlikely to be playing ODI cricket by then. In fact, 2023 World Cup was probably their final chance of winning the coveted trophy.

Though Virat Kohli will be 39 by that time, his supreme fitness and hunger for the game could mean he might still be around at that point.

Mohammed Shami, being a fast bowler, might not be at the peak of his powers as he will be 37 by then. Shardul Thakur also is unlikely to be part of the set up, as he will be 36 by the time.

Oldest squad in the Cricket World Cup 2023

England, who finished seventh in the World Cup 2023, had the oldest squad among all the teams with an average age of 31.81 years. Winners Australia were the second in this list, having an average age of 31.73 years, while runner-up India went in with a squad having an average age of 31.24 years.

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