We have reached the semi-final stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 with Australia, India, England and New Zealand making it to the last four. The league stage in the 10-team tourney had a fascinating ride in England and Wales. Several performances caught the eye and there were many players who lived up to the billing. Several others performed more than their abilities to spice up the tournament.
Certain nations who failed to live up to the hype and expectations were hampered by certain star players not turning up. This factor ended up hurting these sides. From South Africa, to that of West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh, a few notable players didn't quite get up and show responsibility. New Zealand, who qualified for the semis despite three successive defeats, will also look back and see certain areas not giving them the ideal platform.
In this article we look at six players who failed miserably in World Cup 2019.
The Universe Boss was expected to live up the campaign with his effortless hitting and long range sixes. He was in supreme form coming into the tournament. But Gayle struggled in CWC 19. Gayle managed just 242 runs from eight innings. Windies would have liked him to set the platform more than what he offered.
Guptill may have livened up CWC 19 with his fielding skills and catching, but with the bat he has been a dud. He hardly offers anything and is a man out of form at the top for Kiwis, who have struggled badly with their batting. A senior player like Guptill has managed just 166 runs so far. This is poor return.
The explosive batsman was backed throughout Pakistan's campaign, but Zaman failed to show any substance with the bat. He struggled against spinners and often fell to lose shots. He fired blanks and that hurt the side in crunch games. The middle order was burdened because of his failure. With 186 runs, Zaman missed the plot.
A lot was expected out of Rabada who bowled like a champ in IPL 12. He was way off his mark and the wicket column tells you the story (8). Unlike other pacers, who stood up and produced the goods, Rabada's inability to pick up wickets hurt South Africa badly and they were never in the tourney.
A lot was expected from the best spinner in the world, but Rashid was way off his standards. He conceded runs aplenty and was easily negotiated by the batsmen. Just seven wickets shows how far he was then the rest of the bowlers in the tournament. Rashid was too predictable and bowled in bad areas.
The Lankan veteran ace struggled massively in World Cup 2019. Barring the match-winning knock against England, Mathews was never to be seen. He looked stuck and short of answers in the middle. Not what Lanka expected from a leading player like Mathews.
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