T20 World Cup 2021: Flop XI of the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Flop XI of the tournament

Some players couldn't step up and deliver despite being renowned names in the cricket world.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images)

Australia turned out to be a brute force in the final of the T20 World Cup 2021. On Sunday, Aaron Finch and Co. defeated New Zealand by eight wickets with seven balls left in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Kiwis put in spirited performances and won five games in a row. However, they stumbled at the final hurdle.

This World Cup will be remembered as intriguing because all of the pre-tournament and mid-tournament favourites were eliminated. While many players performed well as expected, there were some star players who did not perform as expected, resulting in the decline of their respective teams.

Here is a look at the playing XI of the players who did not make an impression in this World Cup

1. Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle of West Indies hits 6. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

The West Indies legend and swashbuckling opener in T20 format, Chris Gayle, formally bid farewell to World Cups after a poor performance that resulted in his team failing to qualify for the semi-final.

He only scored 45 runs in six matches and hit three sixes throughout the tournament. The Universe Boss never regained his mojo because he was assigned to different positions and roles by the West Indian management. Once he opened the innings, once he was played at no.3 as an anchor and another time he came to finish the innings.

These were bizarre kinds of roles considering he has always opened throughout his career. This was a sad end to his otherwise illustrious T20 career. Though he hasn’t officially retired, he made it clear that this would be his final World Cup outing.