The World Cup 2023 has already started and all 10 teams are in the race to make their team win this year. But only four teams have made it to the semi-finals which are India, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. Today, in this article, we have talked about the players who suffered injuries before or just after participating in this World Cup 2023 journey along with all the other teams. Also, we have mentioned the replacement players who replaced injured players.
Top 5 players who have not participated in World Cup 2023
5. Anrich Nortje
During the second ODI world cup against Australia, Anrich Nortje, widely known as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, sustained a back injury on his home pitch. He bowled just five overs before leaving the field due to back cramps. Despite returning in the second innings and scoring 10 runs as the no. 10 batsman, the back injury forced him out of the remaining series matches and the 2023 World Cup.
In replacement, Andile Phehlukwayo, who demonstrated his skills in the second and fifth ODI World Cup 2023 against Australia, has been chosen for the World Cup. Phehlukwayo made valuable contributions with both bat and ball, taking one wicket in each match and playing a quick 38* from 19 balls in the fifth ODI.
4. Sisanda Magala
Sisanda Magala, also ruled out because of a knee injury, joined Anrich Nortje in missing the World Cup as both of them are South African players. Magala’s lone outing was in the third ODI versus Australia, where he bowled only four overs. To fill the place, Lizaad Williams steps in as the replacement for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup.
3. Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah, the 20-year-old fast bowler has not participated in the ODI World Cup due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Asia Cup clash against India. Surgery is recommended for his recovery, with a healing period of three to four months. Hassan Ali steps in as Naseem’s replacement in the Pakistan squad.
2. Wanindu Hasranga
Sri Lanka faces a significant setback as their standout spinner, Wanindu Hasaranga, was absent from the ODI tournament owing to a hamstring injury. Hasaranga, the leg-spinner, suffered a thigh strain during the Lankan Premier League playoffs. Impressively, he emerged as the top run-scorer in the tournament with 279 runs and claimed the most wickets with 19 scalps.
1. Axar Patel
Axar’s hopes for the World Cup were dashed as he suffered a quadriceps tear sustained in the Asia Cup 2023,which will take a long time to recover. Despite efforts, he couldn’t regain fitness for the global cricket event. Consequently, R Ashwin steps in as India’s replacement in the squad, taking up the challenge in Axar’s stead.
From the article, it is concluded that these are the 5 players who have not participated in the journey of World Cup 2023 due to severe injury and were ruled out.