India's Final XI During Sachin Tendulkar's Last ODI - Where Are They Now?
Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI match was against Pakistan, a league match, during the Asia Cup 2012. That particular league match was important for India to win to keep alive their chances to reach the final of the tournament. Earlier, India had lost a match against Bangladesh where Sachin Tendulkar registered his 100th international ton.
However, India went on to win the match against Pakistan by six wickets, but they could not qualify for the final of that tournament because of the head-to-head result. After that ODI, the master blaster had not played a 50-over format and announced his retirement from this format in December 2012.
Now, it has been eight years that the legendary cricketer has donned blue jersey. Here, we have discussed the present status of the other players of the final XI who featured in Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI.
India's Final XI of Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI
1.Gautam Gambhir:Gautam Gambhir (Photo Source: Twitter).
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir had a decent Asia Cup 2012. He scored a century in the league stage match against Sri Lanka while in the matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan, he scored 11 and 0 runs respectively.
Gradually, his formed dipped in the shorter formats and was dropped in 2013. Further, he was selected as the backup opener but was not given a chance. In the longest format, he made a comeback and was in and out of the team. The right-hand batsman last featured in the Test side in 2016 when he played a handful knock after the frontline openers were all injured.
In 2018, he announced his retirement and joined politics. Currently, the player plays the expert analyst role for different TV shows and is a minister.
2. Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
The legendary cricketer was the second most run-scorer for the team in the Asia Cup 2012. However, his good can not lead the Men in Blue to the finals. He scored 172 runs in three matches at an average of 57.33 in the tournament.
However, after the mega event, he didn't play an ODI game. He continued to be part of the longest format of cricket. In November 2013, he bid adieu to the game after playing the last Test match in the home ground, Mumbai.
Currently, the player is the mentor for the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. He was also the part of the Road Safety World Series 2020 where he led Indian Legends.
3.Virat Kohli:Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
At that time, Virat Kohli was a rising star for India. He was also brilliantly performing at every stage. With Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, Kohli set the game on India's favour against Pakistan. He scored a blistering 183 runs at the strike rate of 123.64 which led India close in chasing down the target of 330 runs. His knock included 22 fours and one six before he got out with 12 runs needed.
And Kohli went on to become the best batsman in the world and the captain of the Indian team. Additionally, he is close to breaking the record of Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI century. As of now, he has 43 ODI centuries in his name.
4. Rohit Sharma:Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Rohit Sharma also played a decent knock in that game. He scored 68 runs off 83 balls and stitched up a 172-run partnership with Kohli for the third wicket. At that time, he was the middle-order batsman for India.
In January 2013, he got the chance to open the innings after Sachin Tendulkar left the place of the opening batsman. The right-hand batsman impressed everyone with his performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Now, he has become the major player for the team whose innings decide a lot about India's game.
5.Suresh Raina:Suresh Raina.
In Asia Cup 2012, Suresh Raina played a pivotal role as he handled the middle order pressure very well. He was the part-time off-spinner who was famous for giving breakthroughs to the team. Additionally, his fielding was the masterpiece.
Against Pakistan in that league match, he didn't have to do a lot of work. When he entered the field with the bat, India needed 25 runs to win the game which he finished off with the skipper MS Dhoni.
He became a regular player in ODI side, but he lost his shine after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He was then dropped from the team. The Uttar Pradesh cricketer had to work hard to make a comeback which he did in 2018, but it didn't last long. After which he went under knee surgery and has now completely lost his place in the team.
Currently, he plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
6. MS Dhoni (C & WK)MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Getty Images)
India won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He had given the trophy to the team after the 28-year-long wait. Everyone was hopeful that India would certainly win the Asia Cup 2012. However, things didn't go on India's favour.
Under his captaincy, India was the part of many semi-final or final of the mega-events. He led India to the semi-finals in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and ICC World T20 2016 as well. In January 2017, Dhoni gave up captaincy across limited-overs formats and played as a wicket-keeper batsman in white-ball cricket. Earlier, he retired from red-ball cricket in 2014.
Dhoni last played with the team in the disheartening semi-final against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Since then, he is under sabbatical, and the speculation of retirement is always around.
7. Yusuf Pathan:Yusuf Pathan. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
His consistent performance with the bat and ball gave him a place in the mega event. But after the Asia Cup 2012, he featured in just one more international game that was in a T20I in South Africa in 2012.
His ineffective performance in the mega event costed his place. Since then, he has failed to cement his place in the Indian team.
Talking about his credentials, he has 13 wickets and 236 runs in 22 T20I matches. In 57 ODIs, he has notched up 33 wickets and scored 810 runs.
Despite losing his place in the Indian team, the allrounder has never left playing the domestic cricket. He regularly featured in IPL before going unsold in the IPL 2020 auction.
8. Irfan Pathan:
Like his brother Yusuf Pathan, 2012 was also Irfan Pathan's last year when he played with the Indian team. However, he got more matches than his brother. After the Aisa Cup league match against Pakistan, he played the ODI series in Sri Lanka before featuring in the India side in the World T20 later that year.
But the left-handed also failed to impress with his fast bowling which costed him. He was still a regular player in IPL 2013 but was not given a chance in the national side.
In January 2020, he proclaimed his retirement from the game. Pathan recently played the Road Safety series 2020. He is often seen in the Star Sports studio as a commentator and expert.
9. Ravichandran Ashwin:(Image Credit: Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin was the premier spinner for the team in Aisa Cup 2012. He was the only one regular spinner in the final XI against Pakistan. The tall bowler was economical as he picked one wicket and giving just 56 runs in his ten overs quota.
He lost his position of frontline bowler after the Caribbean tour in 2017. He was no more economical bowler in white-ball cricket while he has still maintained his position in the Test format.
He has taken 365 wickets in Test cricket at an average of 25.43 which includes 27 five-wicket hauls. In the last ended decade, he was the highest wicket-taker in international cricket.
10. Praveen Kumar:Praveen Kumar. Image Source: Getty Images
He was a crucial member of the Indian team between 2009 and at the end of 2011. With the presence of Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra , Praveen strengthened the pace battery of the team. Famous batsmen like Ricky Ponting, Mahela Jayawardene, and Kevin Pietersen faced difficulty with hitting Praveen's bowl.
He was at the peak of his career in 2011 but was always on the news because of his poor discipline. He treated fans with disrespect during the Australia tour in 2012. Following which, the pacer faced difficulty to maintain his position in the Indian team. Finally, he was dropped from the team after 2012.
Praveen played a total of six Tests, 68 ODIs and ten T20 matches and retired from all forms of cricket in 2018.
11. Ashoke Dinda
Ashoke Dinda, who had a very short international appearance, was also in the playing XI against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2012. Very few people would know that he was part of the team. In eight overs bowling, Dinda picked two wickets while giving 47 runs. He was one of the economical bowlers in that match.
He was in and out in the team during the whole 2012-2013 season. With the rising competition for the place, he lost his place after playing the Rajkot ODI against England in 2013.
He was a regular player for Bengal in domestic cricket till 2018/19 season. However, he has been out of the IPL after playing last for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016.