The ICC World Cup craze has reached its peak. There were several records and incidents in this World Cup that will be remembered. And then there are others which are better forgotten. These include performances by some of the most highly rated players. While some failed to live up to the expectations, others just didn’t replicate their previous performances. They came, they saw but they failed to conquer. Here we have come up with a list of XI that performed poorly in the tournament so far. Below is the Flop XI of ICC World Cup 2019.
1Chris Gayle (Matches-9, Runs-242, Average-20.10)
The Caribbean legend bid adieu to international cricket after West Indies finished near the bottom of the table in ICC World Cup. The Big Machine seldom fired for the West Indies in his nine innings as his side failed to make the last four. The ‘Universe Boss’ started with a 50 in his team’s opening win over Pakistan but failed to convert starts into big scores for most of the tournament. The one-time six-hitting machine wavered against pace and spin.
2Martin Guptill (Matches-8, Runs-166, Average-23.71)
New Zealand qualified in semi-finals of ICC World Cup but how much did Martin Guptill helped his teammates to score big? Guptill has been that kind of an opening batsman who has the ability to single-handedly swing the match in his team’s favour. But this time he failed to score plethora of runs for his side. His hard-hitting nature and stylish shots can irritate even the best bowler on planet. He just scored 166 runs in eight matches at an average of 23.71. In the semi-final against India, he could make only 1 run before Jasprit Bumrah sent him back to the pavillion.
3Hashim Amla (Matches-7, Runs-203, 20.10)
Apart from knock of 80 against Sri Lanka in a dead rubber, Hashim Amla was not consistent in the entire campaign. Innings of 41 and 55 against Afghanistan and New Zealand didn’t prove fruitful for South Africa’s Mr Dependable. The right-handed opening batsman woes often put Faf du Plessis’ side in trouble in the first 10 overs and the rest of the batting did little to make up for it. South Africa’s legendary batsman had responsibility to score big in this campaign but he failed to impress his fans.
4Kusal Mendis (Matches-9, Runs-143, Average-20.42)
0,2,0,0,30,46,23,39,3 are the runs scored by Sri Lanka’s most stylish middle-order batsman Kusal Mendis. With Angelo Mathews ageing, Kusal Mendis had immense load of responsibility to handle middle order for Sri Lanka but he failed. At an average of meager 20, the right-handed scored only 143 runs in nine matches.
5Glenn Maxwell (Matches-9, Runs- 155, Average-22.14)
Australia qualified for semi-finals but what was the exact contribution of Glenn Maxwell? To be honest, a very little! Once known for his ability to hit the ball out of the stadium Glenn Maxwell was out of form in nine matches he played so far. Maxwell is known as the best finisher or is responsible to hit some big shots in death overs in order to make a huge total. But his crackers were seen dampen this year. Hope he shines in the semi-final against England.
6Andre Russell (Matches-4, Runs-36, Wickets-5)
We know it was painful for you to watch Andre Russell’s show in World Cup. After his exploits in the IPL, almost every team in the campaign was threatened by Andre Russell and the West Indies. The Giant all-rounder came into the World Cup on the back of a dazzling IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders. But he couldn’t keep his form in the World Cup. Russell struggled with knee injury in all the matches before saying goodbye to the World Cup midway. He did a decent job with the ball in hand.
7Thisara Perera (Matches-8, Runs-61, Wickets- 1)
Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka’s finest player was the only hope for Asian island in all-rounder section. The 30-year-old was one of the experienced players for Sri Lanka. The right-arm batsman only managed to score 61 runs in the tournament. Would you believe, this lethal batsman only hit one six (against Australia) in an entire competition. Coming to the bowling, he was a major upset for Sri Lanka as Perera only took one wicket (against Afghanistan) from eight matches.
8Mashrafe Mortaza (Matches-9, Wickets-1, Economy-5.78)
Can we really call him inspiring captain of Bangladesh? England’s Jonny Bairstow remains his only wicket from the nine outings. Many cricket fans will agree that this man over his long career has been a part of big cricket wins for Bangladesh. In English conditions, he would have been far from better having some quicker deliveries but the captain failed to impress. He didn’t bowl beyond 120s and allowed opposition to run away with plenty of runs.-- Advertisement --
9Rashid Khan (Matches-9, Wickets-6, Economy-5.79)
He went to England and Wales as Afghanistan’s biggest star but failed to live up to the prospects. Expectations from this young Afghan were high because of his prolific performance in Indian Premier League (IPL). The spinnie failed to impress in his second World Cup with his magic. Bagging only six wickets from nine matches, Rashid was extremely costly in giving runs. Oppositions always looked to target the leg spinner in this tournament.
10Kagiso Rabada (Matches-9, Wickets-11, Economy-5.08)
What a season he had for Delhi Daredevils (IPL franchise) in IPL this year! He bagged 25 wickets in 12 matches of IPL. South Africa’s troubles in the World Cup campaign intensified after they lost Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje early in the competition. Naturally, the skipper and the management were dependent on Kagiso Rabada to make up for the loss. However, Rabada couldn’t do so. The fatigue of 24-year-old clearly showed in the way he bowled. The young pace gun, who came to this World Cup from an injury had a little effect in this World Cup.
11Hasan Ali (Matches-4, Wickets-2, Economy-8.0)
Can anybody forget Hasan Ali’s stellar swing in Champions Trophy in 2017? He came onto the international scenario with a lot of possibilities winning the player of the tournament at the 2017 Champions Trophy. But the right-arm pacer was an absolute failure in this World Cup. Ali was expensive throughout the tournament giving away too many runs. In the game against India, he managed to claim only one wicket and gave away 84 runs in nine overs making him the most expensive bowler from Pakistan in the World Cup.