Unlike many of his unfortunate South African colleagues, even Dale Steyn hasn’t been able to trounce the two apex trophies. The cricketer has been active in international cricket since the year 2004 and has played two ODI World Cups for SA so far (2011, 2015).Also with regards to the IPL, very early on Steyn had an opportunity to win the IPL both in the 2009 and 2010 seasons while playing for RCB.
Overall, in total the legendary leg-spinner has represented India in a total of four World Cups, where the closest Kumble had come to grab a potential WC medal was in 2003 final. Further, with regards to his IPL journey, the cricketer has only played for his home franchise RCB where again he was closest in 2009 to grab his IPL medal. However, Adam Gilchrist’s Deccan Chargers did win the finale encounter by a mere margin of six runs.
Just before the 1996 World Cup, Shaun Pollock had made an astonishing debut that profusely made him establish in the final frontline squad of South Africa. From there on while the cricketer did exert himself as one of the finest swing bowlers of the game, unfortunately, the all-rounder did fail to bag a World Cup glory.
Vettori in total had played 5 World Cups eventually retiring from cricket in the 2015 World Cup final. Even in the IPL where the NZ legend has played for two different franchises, his RCB stint had just brought him second in the final of the 2011 IPL season.
Overall in a career that spanned for around 18 years, Mahela got featured in a total of five ODI World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 & 2015). But in terms of coming closest to winning an IPL title, Mahela while playing for DD in 2012 had come in third in the 2012 IPL season.
With regard to his World Cup journey, Sanga had made his ODI debut in the year 2000 and has in total got featured in four World Cup editions(2003,2007,2011,2015). Perhaps during his debut World Cup edition, although Sri Lanka had qualified for the semi-finals, the Australians had impregnably wiped them off from the tournament.
The team under the valiant leadership of Graeme Smith also seemed as hot contenders to lift the 2007 World Cup but eventually, the impregnable Aussies had trounced over them in the semi-final clash.Although while the legend’s fortunes weren’t that upright when it came to bagging the ICC trophies, unfortunately, ABD has also lacked summoning an IPL trophy as well.
Just like Sourav Ganguly, even Rahul Dravid hasn’t been able to win both the World Cup and the IPL glory. The cricketer in his sterling 16-year old international career has also only played three ODI World Cups, again much like Ganguly from 1999 till 2007.even in his last IPL of 2013, the RR team had qualified for the playoffs but unfortunately ended as third in that season.
So in a career that did span for 15 long years, unfortunately, the price of Kolkata was unable to taste a World Cup glory despite all his strenuous efforts. he did retire from the 2012 IPL after scoring 1349 runs from his 59 matches at an average of around 25. In between not even once Ganguly got to reach the semi-final or playoffs stages.
Despite now being 41-years of age, Chris Gayle has been vigorously playing both international and Global T20 cricket but unfortunately the Jamaican is yet in due to either win an IPL or a World Cup. Overall, with the Jamaican now getting indulged with the Punjab franchise, at least for once Gayle would hope to clinch one of T20 cricket’s biggest glories.