The ICC World Cup 2019 concluded on the 14th of July. Like every time, there were plenty of great performers in this edition of the World Cup who are getting their due acknowledgement.
However, there were several players who, despite the hype around them, couldn’t live up to the expectations. Here is a look at the biggest under-performers of World Cup 2019.
Martin Guptill (New Zealand):
The New Zealand opener had the highest individual score in the 2015 World Cup with his stunning 237 against Sri Lanka. However, Martin Guptill was all at sea in World Cup 2019 and could only manage 186 runs in 10 games at a poor average of 20.66 with one fifty. Guptill struggled with the moving ball and often got out nicking behind the stumps. It was a horrible performance and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
Glen Maxwell (Australia):
Australia’s power-hitter Glen Maxwell is known for ripping bowling attacks to shreds. In World Cup 2019, Maxwell was supposed to be the X-Factor in Australia’s middle-order with his aggressive batting abilities. Unfortunately, though, Maxwell came a real copper in this tournament. As he has done countless times in the past, Maxwell made some attractive cameos – at a brilliant strike-rate of 150 – but was dismissed to some ordinary shots. In the end, he managed only 177 runs at an average of just 22.12. The team management would have expected much more from him.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan):
Before coming into the World Cup 2019, Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner was ranked No.8 in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers and the No.1 ranked T20I bowler in the world. The hopes of his nation were dependent on him as he was in form too. However, Rashid had a terrible tournament where he picked up only 6 wickets in 9 games at a dreadful average of 69.33. What’s more is that Rashid also had to suffer the ignominy of bowling the worst spell in World Cup history – 110 runs in 9 overs against England. Clearly, it was a World Cup to forget for the 20-year-old spinner.
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa):
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is one of the most exciting and dangerous fast bowlers of the modern era. The 24-year-old pace sensation was expected to set the ICC World Cup 2019 on fire with his speed, bounce and variations. But at the end of the tourney, Rabada had very mediocre numbers – 11 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 36.09. The South African speedster did try his best but somehow just couldn’t get the lengths right and was regularly spanked for runs. It was a disappointing performance from one of the lead fast bowlers of the world today.
Andre Russell (West Indies):
With his savage and lusty hitting, West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell has become one of the most dangerous batsmen down the order in T20 cricket around the world today. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, Russell was on fire and struck at an incredible strike-rate of 204.81. Playing in his third World Cup, it was being anticipated that Russell would carry that form over and destroy many attacks.
Sadly, all the burly West Indian could muster was 36 runs in 4 matches. He smacked a few sixes and fours, but didn’t have the maturity to play according to the situation and gave his wicket away at crucial junctures. As a bowler too, Russell delivered only 19 overs as he was constantly struggling with his shoulder injury. Eventually, he was ruled out of the World Cup mid-way, thus ending his miserable tourney.