World Cup 2019: Team-wise one unfit cricketer in the tournament

A list of the most unfit cricketers from every team of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

One thing the greatest cricketing spectacle of the world, ICC Cricket World Cup is famous for is the mix of youth and experience on show. At 18 years, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the youngest cricketer at this edition’s World Cup. At 40, his South African counterpart Imran Tahir is nearly 2.5 times his age. With this gulf in age, a gulf in fitness is certain.

However, fitness is not always inversely proportional to age. Tahir, the oldest player in this World Cup, can give any 100m sprinter a run for his money. But another Afghan, Mohammad Shahzad might have a tough time running a 3. Every team has got one (in some case, even more) unfit player. Let us have a look at one unfit cricketer from every team:

1. Afghanistan – Mohammad Shahzad

Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

It will be an injustice if this list has anyone but Shahzad as the first entry. The chubby wicketkeeper-batsman of Afghanistan is an explosive player. All his fours and sixes have an underlying motto – stand and deliver. Though his batting doesn’t need much running, his fitness takes a toll on him during keeping. Weighing 85 kgs, Shahzad might well be the heaviest cricketer in this year’s World Cup. Unfortunately, he won’t be seen any further as an injury cut short his campaign.


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