As a player, every person wants to play longer for their team. Players want to contribute to the team through their game as much as possible for their team. It is easy for the team to play, but it is not so easy to make a place in the team permanently.
It all depends on how to fit you are and how well you are playing cricket continuously for the team. If the player is not getting hurt too much and is continuously contributing to the success of the team, then that player’s career can belong.
There are many players in cricket who played cricket for their team for many decades and have been an integral part of the team during their careers.
Keeping this in mind, today we are going to tell you about three such players who have played cricket for their country in international cricket for more than four decades.
Sachin Tendulkar, who played international cricket for 24 years, played his first match for India in 1989 and retired from cricket in 2013 after exactly 24 years.
During his cricket career that lasted from 1980 to 2010, Sachin Tendulkar created some of the greatest cricket records and became one of the best batsmen in the world in world cricket.
During this, Tendulkar played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India. He scored 15921 in Test cricket at an average of 53.78 and 18,426 runs in ODIs at an average of 44.83. During this, he also scored 51 centuries in Tests and 49 in ODI cricket.
Jayasuriya, one of the best batsmen of his time, played cricket for Sri Lanka from 1989 to 2011.
Like Sachin Tendulkar, he played cricket internationally for Sri Lanka for four decades. Jayasuriya continued to be a part of the Sri Lankan team thanks to his all-round performance, during which he played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.
Shoaib Malik, who made his debut for Pakistan in 1999, has played international cricket for Pakistan for more than 20 years.
He made this record with playing T20 matches against Bangladesh on 24 January. Malik has played cricket for Pakistan in the 1990s, 2000, 2010 and now 2020s and became the first player from Pakistan to do so.
Note: Apart from these, some other players have played cricket internationally for their country in four different decades.