5 players you did not know were a part of the 2011 World Cup

5 players you did not know were a part of the 2011 World Cup

Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn McGrath, Zaheer Khan, Ricky Ponting have etched their names in cricket history forever with their remarkable performances in World Cups.

2. Steve Smith 

Steven Smith
Steven Smith. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Australian skipper, Steve Smith, who is ruling the world of cricket at the moment was one of Australia’s main spin bowlers in the 2011 World Cup. The cricket universe would know that Smith started his cricket career as a leg-spinner and as the conditions in Asia favour the spin bowlers, Australia had named Smith in their squad.

He did not play in the quarterfinal match against India at Ahmedabad but during the group stage, he played six matches for Australia. The right-handed batsman scored a 4-ball 11 against Zimbabwe while he scored 15 runs off 17 balls against Kenya. In the game against Pakistan, Smith scored 25 runs from 32 deliveries.

Talking about his performances with the ball, the leggie could pick up only one wicket in the 2011 World Cup. Playing in the Trans-Tasman battle, Smith dismissed New Zealand’s Jamie How. Very few fans would have imagined that he will become Australia’s top batsman four years later.

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