The group stage has been summed up and four teams which has played better are in semis now. India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand are the top four teams in the group stage and now from the 15th of November knockout stage will start and after four days we’ll find an ODI World Cup winner. In the last game of the group stage India overpowered Netherlands with 160 runs. last night Indian batters put on a monstrous score of 410 runs in front of the Dutch team to chase and the Netherlands unexpectedly fought well and scored 250 in front of the Indian bowling lineup.
We’ve seen so many great performances in this edition some players performed as per their names such as Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, David Warner, etc, and some performed great even when no one expected from them such as Adam Zampa, Mdhushanka, Rachin Ravindra, etc. This ODI World Cup has been great so far in terms of extraordinary performances but there are some players from whom a lot was expected before the tournament but they’ve disappointed after the group stage has been wrapped up. There are so many players on this list but here in this article, we are going to put only five names to showcase their performances.
Australian Arm Seamer Mitchell Starc who is taking the most wickets from the last two editions and also has the highest number of wickets in a single tournament(27 wickets in 2019) has disappointed his fans with his performance in this ODI World Cup. Mitchell has taken 10 wickets in eight games with an economy of 6.55. He has taken 59 wickets in 26 World Cup games which is the third highest after Muthiah Muralidaran(68) and Glenn McGrath(71). Before the tournament, his fans were expecting him to break Glenn’s record. Starc unexpectedly performed so poorly that he hasn’t been able to threaten batters with his deliveries. There are still two possible games left and if he manages to win the trophy for his team his past performance be forgotten.
England’s Captain and the second-highest run-scorer in ODI this year for England Jos Buttler’s performance in this tournament has shocked World Cricket. He has only scored 138 runs in 9 games with an average of 15.33 without scoring a single half-century. Jos is one of the most experienced batter in Indian Soil for his team and still, he could lift his bat to welcome the audience. Butter’s performance is the key factor behind England’s standings in the points table. Being a captain he hasn’t been able to carry forward his team with the bat which leads to the defending champion’s collapse.
This World Cup didn’t go well for Rashid Khan. Being a front-line bowler for his team he has only managed to dismiss 11 players in all nine games which is a disappointing performance by a player like him. Afghanistan has done great in this tournament but if Rashid had managed to take more wickets then maybe we could’ve witnessed Afghanistan in the semis too. Rashid has become a big name in World cricket through the years and now he has been considered as the face of Afghanistan cricket. Rashid has bowled with a good economy in this tournament but at the end of the day, that is the wicket that matters.
Shakib al Hasan
Bangladesh Captain and one of the most senior players present in this tournament Shakib al Hasan’s performance was so weak in this edition. He has only managed to score 186 runs in seven games and took 9 wickets. He has failed to lift the responsibilities of his team and being an all-rounder he was also not able to lead from the front with bat and bowl. He is considered one of the greatest all-rounders in modern cricket and playing cricket like this in the final stage of his career. Along with saddening performances, he was also surrounded by controversies which is not good for the future of Bangladesh Cricket.
Pakistan’s sensational seamer Haris Rauf has been so poor in this tournament that he has conceded the most runs in an edition of the World Cup. He has a decent number of wickets in his account of the tournament but in terms of economy, he is one of the most expensive bowlers of this tournament. He has taken 16 wickets in nine games with an economy of 6.71 where he conceded 533 runs. Pakistan’s bowling lineup which was considered to be the most threatening bowling lineup before the tournament has become the main reason for the not qualifying for the knockouts.