10 Legendary cricketers who never won a World Cup

10 Legendary cricketers who never won a World Cup

These 10 cricketers can be considered unlucky to not win the elusive trophy.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The feeling of lifting a World Cup is perhaps the most ultimate or the quintessential dream of every cricketer. It is an elusive opportunity to become a part of historic phenomena whose existence will be acknowledged as long as the game itself lives. Overall, it is an aristocratic privilege to be a part of, if one has tasted a World Cup glory.

Speaking about the journey of conquering a World Cup glory then time and again the game has made us realize that not only it can either make or break an individual’s career but it can also make nation come together. So one thing which has clearly emerged out from its history of 12 editions is that despite being the player of its highest pedigree, one can fall short when it comes to tasting a World Cup glory.

Here’s a list of 10 legendary cricketers who never won a World Cup:

1. Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

If one has to name the greatest all-time captains of this century then arguably he might not miss Graeme Smith’s name. The left-handed opener had made his ODI debut in 2002 against Australia and also was part of South Africa’s 2003 World Cup squad. Later on, Smith was handed the reigns of South African cricket at the time when he was just 22 and captained the side in the next two World Cups.

The closest when Smith came towards a potential World Cup glory was in the 2007 edition, where his team got completely outplayed by Ricky Ponting’s Australia as they were bowled out just under the score of 150 in the semi-final. However, Smith had started his World Cup campaign with a bang by scoring 4 successive 50s, a feat never before achieved by a captain.

In 2011 World Cup edition, Smith did lead his team till quarter-finals but again were knocked out from the tournament against New Zealand while awfully chasing the target of 222.