World Cup 2019: 5 in-form players who turned out to be flops
These players were touted as the important picks for the World Cup but failed to stand up to the billings.
Published - Jul 10, 2019 6:42 pm | Updated - Jul 11, 2019 12:26 pm
The World Cup is a tournament where big match players stand up for their teams. Even in this edition stars like Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Starc and Shakib Al Hasan have raised to the occasion. The cricketing fraternity has showered praises on the gallantry efforts of these cricketers. Along with them, there are certain individuals who have also received a lot of flak for their below-par outings.
The important factor surrounding these players is their current form which sometimes plays hide and seek with the best of the cricketers. There are times when a player goes through a good patch before an important series but then the things start to head in the wrong direction in the nick of time. It happens because of performance pressure and mental fatigue which needs to be addressed ahead of a big tournament otherwise it can hamper the entire team in a negative manner.
Here is the list of 5 in-form players who were biggest flops in the 2019 World Cup
1. Rashid Khan – Afghanistan
The Afghanistan team was not able to weave the magic in the 2019 World Cup as most of their magicians flattered to deceive the audience. One of them was Rashid Khan whose tricks got revealed at the wrong time. The leg-spin protege was expected to be the trump card for the Asian side with his hot run of form in white ball cricket. He was the highest wicket-taker in ODIs after the 2015 edition with 125 wickets.
Unfortunately, the stage fright got the better of him as the tweaker just scaled 6 wickets in the entire tournament. Rashid got whacked to all parts of the ground and his famed variations were not threatening for the opposition. He conceded runs at a rate of 5.79 and his strike rate was 71.83 which are not the numbers generated by a top-ranked bowler. Especially in the game against England, the spin wizard looked completely clueless as he bowled the most expensive spell of a World Cup tie with the figures of 0/110 in 9 overs.