ICC World Cup 2019: Flop XI of the tournament

ICC World Cup 2019: Flop XI of the tournament

Even though there were high expectations on many of these cricketers, they couldn't live up to the mark in World Cup 2019.

Oshane Thomas
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Oshane Thomas of West Indies celebrates getting Babar Azam of Pakistan out during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between West Indies and Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

World Cups and heartbreaks are something that goes hand-in-hand. The 2019 edition of the tournament was no different either. Ten teams competing hard for a single trophy was always going to be tough. In the end, there had to be some disappointments. Not every team can win the tournament and it is a fact that doesn’t go well with many.

Also, not every player can always be at his best. Cricketers do try hard and put up a lot of work behind the scenes. However, there arise such situations at times when things really don’t go your way. This leaves them with nothing but helplessness and thus they also feature in the Flop XI of the tournament. Even though this can get quite controversial, some of your favourite players hardly reached expectations in the tournament.

Here is the Flop XI of players from the league stage of the World Cup

1. Martin Guptill | New Zealand

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Martin Guptill started off the tournament on a really good note with an aggressive half-century. However, as the tournament progressed along, he seemed to have really struggled and could hardly score any runs. The New Zealand opener had very little contribution with the bat in helping his team reach the final. There were also a few occasions where he took too much pressure and consumed a lot of deliveries without making much of an impact. While his team management backed him extensively, Guptill couldn’t repay the faith back and finished the tournament with a poor performance in the final as well.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 10
Runs: 186
Average: 20.66
S/R: 84.16

2. Fakhar Zaman | Pakistan

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There was a great expectation on Fakhar Zaman before the start of the World Cup 2019. He hasn’t had the best of times of late. But he was the one who was instrumental in helping Pakistan win the Champions Trophy 2017. The aficionadi expected similar exploits from him in the World Cup as well. But rather, it was quite a struggle for the left-hander. His highest score of 62 came in the game against India but apart from that, there aren’t any notable performances. He failed to provide Pakistan with good starts on almost all the occasions and even bagged two ducks. Pakistan might have had been in a better position if he did justice for his selection in some of the important matches.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 8
Runs: 186
Average: 23.25
S/R: 81.93

3. Aiden Markram | South Africa

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Aiden Markram wasn’t the most convincing pick in the World Cup squad of South Africa. He just played two ODI games this year before the start of World Cup 2019. While he remained unbeaten on 67 in one game, he scored 29 in the other. But in the quadrennial event, the disappointment that he brought was of another level. Batting in the top-order, he was expected to contribute modest runs and put his team in good positions. However, he only averaged 23 in the tournament and was one of the primary reasons for South Africa’s downfall as he was batting in positions where AB de Villiers used to play earlier.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 8
Runs: 140
Average: 23.33
S/R: 75.26

4. Soumya Sarkar | Bangladesh

Soumya Sarkar, Bangldesh
Soumya Sarkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Before the start of the World Cup 2019, Soumya Sarkar was in Ireland with the Bangladesh team for a tri-series. There, he seemed to be in great form and smashed the fifties in all the three games that he played. Based on that, the expectations were high on him and the fans thought he’d produce some fireworks in the quadrennial event. However, to his dismay, things hardly went Sarkar’s way. He got off to starts on most of the occasions but never succeeded in converting them into big scores. Sarkar, as well as Tamim Iqbal, were two of the biggest disappointments at the top of the order.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 8
Runs: 166
Average: 20.75
S/R: 101.21

5. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) | Pakistan

Sarfaraz Ahmed tweets
Sarfaraz Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sarfaraz Ahmed is the other player from Pakistan featuring in the Flop XI. Throughout the tournament, Sarfaraz batted at various positions and never really got comfortable at any of the slots. He couldn’t rotate the strike as effectively which is often considered one of his biggest strengths. Sarfaraz scored just one half-century in the eight games that he played and couldn’t really inspire his men with some special performances. He will keep wickets in this Flop XI as well.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 8
Runs: 143
Average: 28.60
S/R: 82.18

6. Glenn Maxwell | Australia

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Glenn Maxwell was entrusted with a huge responsibility for this tournament. He was given plenty of chances to bat at number five and had to finish the innings well for his team. However, there were only a couple of occasions where he actually achieved the objective. There were also a few instances where he walked out to bat quite early in the innings.

Ideally, he should have looked to rotate the strike and stay in the middle for as long as possible. But, Maxwell only wanted to smash every ball out of the park and failed 9 out of 10 times. While his strike rate is great, he never even got to a fifty. Either him or Marcus Stoinis was to be picked in this Flop XI. But given the amount of experience Maxwell has, he makes it into the cut as he failed miserably.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 10
Runs: 177
Average: 22.12
S/R: 150

7. Thisara Perera | Sri Lanka

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Thisara Perera, easily, was the biggest disappointment from the Sri Lanka team. The management has backed him to the core and expected him to perform well in tournaments such as this. However, the experienced cricketer failed terribly and didn’t reach the expectations by any means. He could hardly score any runs with the bat and also had a tough time with the ball. Sri Lanka had no other option but to bench him at one stage of the tournament.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 6
Runs: 34
Average: 5.66
S/R: 82.92
Wickets: 1

8. Mashrafe Mortaza (c) | Bangladesh

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

As the leader of a team, you are expected to lead your troops from the front. However, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza didn’t get anywhere close to doing that. The World Cup 2019 has been a struggle for the veteran cricketer and there were several instances where he even chose not to complete his 10 overs quota. Mashrafe couldn’t hit the right areas and he was quite expensive with the ball. Moreover, since he couldn’t pick up many wickets or make any sort of an impact, it felt as if Bangladesh was almost playing with a bowler short.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 8
Runs: 34
Wickets: 1
Average: 361
Economy: 6.44

9. Rashid Khan | Afghanistan

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It is fair to say that Afghanistan’s chances, up to a certain extent, were affected by the performance of Rashid Khan. The team had a chance to win the games against Windies, Pakistan and India. Rashid usually bowls the tough overs for his team and is the wicket-taker rather than a bowler who restricts the run flow. However, the leg-spinner hasn’t picked up as many wickets as he’d have liked. Oppositions picked his variations quite effectively. Moreover, Rashid bowled the T20 lengths and failed to pitch the ball up. This didn’t test the batsmen much and they were comfortable scoring off his bowling.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 9
Wickets: 6
Average: 69.33
Economy: 5.79

10. Kuldeep Yadav | India

Kuldeep Yadav.
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Kuldeep Yadav might have bowled one of the best deliveries of the tournament to Babar Azam. But the chinaman couldn’t really create the kind of impact he’d have wanted to. His poor form continued from the IPL 2019 season. His variations couldn’t create a huge difference and hardly put any doubts in the minds of the batsmen. Many of them scored their runs freely off his bowling. Even though the management backed him a lot in the initial stages, he had to be benched towards the business end of the tournament.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 7
Wickets: 6
Average: 56.16
Economy: 5.02

11. Oshane Thomas | Windies

Oshane Thomas
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Oshane Thomas of West Indies celebrates getting Babar Azam of Pakistan out during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between West Indies and Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Young Oshane Thomas had the biggest of platforms in front of him to showcase his talent. He started off with a four-wicket haul against Pakistan. In the following game against Australia, he accounted for two scalps. But after that, Oshane hardly made any difference. He was all over the place with perfect lines and lengths. Thomas couldn’t really make the best use of his pace by pitching the ball in the right areas on a consistent basis. In the remaining 7 games that he played in the tournament, the speedster only picked another three wickets and was expensive as well leading to a huge disappointment.

His stats in the tournament

Matches: 9
Wickets: 9
Average: 42.22
Economy: 6.53