One player from each team who was hit and flop in 2019 World Cup
Some of these players hogged the limelight for all good reasons but few were extremely poor and couldn't live up to the expectations.
Published - Jul 13, 2019 8:58 pm | Updated - Sep 24, 2019 1:45 pm
With England and New Zealand in the finals of the 12th edition of the championship, the cricketing world is on the brink of crowning a new champion. Both the teams beat World Cup-winning teams in their respective semi-finals. It will be a cracker of a contest on the 14th of July at the home of cricket, Lord’s. While the Brits will be trying to write a fairytale the Kiwis wouldn’t want to lose their second consecutive World Cup final.
It has been a memorable World Cup for all the participants involved in the tournament. The batsmen had their share of fun with centuries to their name and the bowlers enjoyed their time when the pitches assisted them. As usual, there were some stars who tasted great success and some others who had a disappointing campaign.
Here is the list of one player from each team who was hit and flop:
Hit – Mohammad Nabi
The Asian team which was expected to provide surprises in the 2019 World Cup stunned themselves with the issues surrounding their side. Afghanistan finished with a wooden spoon as they floundered under pressure on multiple occasions. They did make headlines but it turned out to be in wrong columns except for Mohammad Nabi who tried his best to save the grace.
Though the former skipper didn’t set the stage on fire, Nabi was able to create opportunities for his side. He picked up 10 wickets including a memorable 4-fer against Sri Lanka where he outfoxed quality players of spin. His best performance came against India as he bowled an economical spell of 2/33 and stroked a half-century which almost helped the team pull off a heist. Nabi didn’t get enough support from his fellow cricketers.
Flop – Rashid Khan
The leg-spinner was the biggest bust of the series for the Afghan team. Before the start of the tournament he had racked up impressive numbers but when it mattered Rashid was not to able create the same magic. The youngster just scaled 6 wickets in 9 games and also bowled the most expensive spell in the World Cup against Brits. In the end, Rashid Khan‘s performance was one of the reasons why the Kabuli Pulao was undercooked.