5 Players who won the World Cup without playing a single game

5 Players who won the World Cup without playing a single game

A player consistently performs well for at least four years to get a place in the mega-event-- World Cup.

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Cricket playing for the country is itself a big thing. But, featuring in the World Cup squad for once is a dream-come-true for any professional cricketer. It doesn’t matter which country a player plays for as it is sometimes once in a lifetime moment. Actually, the World Cup is reckoned as one of the biggest events across the globe and every professional player wants to be part of it.

A player consistently performs well for at least four years to get a place in the mega-event. The selectors keep a close eye on each and every single player that plays for the national team. Moreover, it is a dream come true for a cricketer if he is the part of his World Cup-winning squad. However, it is never an easy task to get all things right and pave eventually pave way into the World Cup-winning squad.

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the finest batsman of all time played for six World Cups for Team India before he got his hands on the prestigious trophy of champions. It took quite long for him to fulfil his dream that he saw while picking cricket as his career. On the other hand, there are some players that didn’t play a single game but still got the honour to be part of World Cup-winning squad which is no less than a coincidence.

Let’s list out five players that didn’t play a single game but still managed to win the World Cup:

1. Marvan Atapattu (1996)

Marvan Atapattu
Marvan Atapattu (AFP PHOTO/Gordon BROOKS (Photo credit should read GORDON BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

Marvan Atapattu, the former Sri Lankan skipper is one of the best batsmen that Islanders. He scored more than 13,000 runs across all the formats for his national team. But, there was a time when he was not getting a place in the XI of Sri Lanka. Actually he didn’t get off to a great start to his international stint as he got out for a duck in his first five innings in Test cricket back in 1990. Later on, he went onto make his debut in ODIs but in that also, he failed to leave his mark with the bat.

However, he managed to regain his form with the bat due to which he was picked in the 1996 World Cup squad that was led by Arjun Ranatunga. But, due to the presence of players like Sanath Jayasuriya and other settled batsman in the team, Atapattu didn’t get a single game to play in the mega-event.

Atapattu might have felt bad over the same but one best thing that happened with him was that he became the part of the team that managed to win maiden World Cup for their country. And, what best he could have asked for as a cricketer.