5 players who disappointed in World Cup: The World Cup 2023 concluded with a familiar winner: Australia pocketing their 6th World Cup trophy. The Aussies have now won 5 of the last 7 World Cups. That they did it in the most intimidating sighting on a cricket field—against a strong Indian team in front of their over 90,000 fans at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad—made their achievement even grander.
The World Cup 2023 shattered on- and off-field records. It was the most high-scoring World Cup tournament, and it garnered more viewers than ever.
Many seniors rolled back the clock and brought out their best, while a number of youngsters shined through on the biggest stage.
There were still a few big-ticket cricketers who underperformed in the World Cup 2023. There was a lot expected from these players, but they disappointed their team and fans.
Here are the 5 players who disappointed in World Cup
One of England’s key men in their 2019 World Cup win and now the captain, Jos Buttler, had a horrific tournament, both as a batsman and England’s skipper. Buttler managed only 138 runs in 9 innings at a poor average of 15 with a highest score of 43.
Another white-ball superstar from the England team who had an abject World Cup tournament was all-rounder Liam Livingstone. Livingstone failed to deliver on his promise as a world-class finisher and deadly power-hitter, scoring merely 60 runs in 6 innings with a best of 27, eventually leading to his axing from the XI.
Shadab Khan getting dropped from the playing XI mid-tournament was not something anyone would have foreseen. Being a spin-bowling all-rounder, Shadab was expected to make significant contributions. As per the 5 players who disappointed in World Cup, however, Shadab picked only 2 wickets in 5 bowling innings at an average of 118 and leaked runs at an economy of 6.23. With the bat, he scored 121 runs in five knocks.
It might be very much possible that Suryakumar Yadav has played his last ODI match for India. And it was a forgettable innings in the final—18 runs in 28 balls. Suryakumar had gotten huge backing from Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, but the Mumbai star failed to deliver: 106 runs in 7 innings at an average of 17 and a strike rate of 100.
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South African captain Temba Bavuma had been in good form heading into the World Cup. But the Protea skipper didn’t step up at any point in the tournament. Bavuma finished with 145 runs in 8 innings at an average of 18 and a strike rate of 73, and question marks over his position on the side.