Rashid Khan, Martin Guptill make the cut as Mashrafe Mortaza captains the Flop 11 of World Cup 2019.
World Cup isn’t a platform for players to not play to their potential. But, circumstances, World Cup pressure, peer competition, and many other factors sometimes don’t work in your favor.
No doubt, every player out there is a superstar, and always goes on the field to make its country proud, but some players end up underperforming, thus yielding poor results. So, with all due respect to all the players, we don’t intend to hurt the sentiments of any player.
The compilation of the Flop 11 for World Cup 2019 is purely based on performance rating without bringing in any subjectivity or biases.
#1 MARTIN GUPTILL
INNS: 10 | RUNS: 186 | AVG: 20.66 | SR: 84.16
From being the highest run-getter of World Cup 2015 to scoring only 186 from 10 games in World Cup 2019, Martin Guptill has had a shocking turn around of fortune.
Except for his knock in the first match, the Kiwi opener has given bizarre returns as an opener.
Hence, for his disappointing returns, he gets a performance rating of 1.87.
#2 SOUMYA SARKAR
INNS: 8 | RUNS: 166 | AVG: 20.75 | SR: 101.21
Bangladeshi opener, Soumya Sarkar is in the team as Guptill’s opening partner.
The 26-year old’s inability to provide Bangladesh a solid start at the beginning of the innings hindered team’s performance big-time.
A very substandard tournament by his standards, Sarkar’s inefficient contributions earn him a mediocre rating of 2.36.
#3 AIDEN MARKRAM
INNS: 6 | RUNS: 140 | AVG: 23.33 | SR: 75.26
The Young and talented Proteas Batsman, Aiden Markram has had a tournament he would like to forget as soon as possible.
With Hashim Amla and De Kock not firing all cylinders, Markram’s failure to play even the second fiddle to Faf du Plessis raised many eyebrows.
A performance rating of 2.21 shows how rough the tournament panned out for him.
#4 KUSAL MENDIS
INNS: 7 | RUNS: 143 | AVG: 20.42 | SR: 67.13
Sri Lanka’s middle-order collapsed more often than they would have liked, and one primary reason for that has been Kusal Mendis’ frequent failures.
The 24-year-old didn’t do any good to his reputation of being a solid batsman in the Sri Lankan domestic circuit.
A performance rating of 1.82 and a strike rate of 67.13 show how big a ‘flop’ he turned out for his team.
#5 TOM LATHAM ( WK)
INNS: 9 | RUNS: 155 | AVG: 19.37 | SR: 71.75
Kiwis were so near, and yet so far, and yet their batting line up remained in shambles, throughout the tournament.
If not for Kane Williamson’s brilliance and a spirited bowling line up, Kiwis would never have been in the knockouts.
Tom Latham’s batting let the BlackCaps down big time. His consistent failures with the bat did cost Kiwis a few crucial matches, hence he could only manage a performance rating of 1.92.
#6: MOHAMMAD NABI
INNS: 9 | RUNS: 107 | WKTS: 10
The most seasoned campaigner of his team, Nabi let his team down with his lack of application in the batting. Barring his knock against India, Nabi has been very poor throughout the course of the tournament.
However, he fared comparatively better with the ball accounting for 10 wickets from 9 outings at an economy rate of 4.61.
But, as a whole, Mohammad Nabi earns a performance rating of 3.3.
#7: THISARA PERERA
INNS: 9 | RUNS: 61 | WKTS: 1
Sri Lanka’s ace all-rounder, Perera failed to bring his experience to the fore. Immature batting, shocking shot selection, spineless bowling quite sums up his run in the tournament.
Perera’s experience would have made a whole lot of difference to Sri Lanka, but he failed miserably. Hence he gets an overall performance rating of 2.71.
#8 RASHID KHAN
INNS: 9 | WKTS: 6 | AVG: 69.33 | ER: 5.79
Spin wizard, Rashid Khan didn’t make any kind of profound impact throughout the tournament. His googlies and variations were rendered ineffective, courtesy pace friendly wickets.
His confidence hit an all-time low when he was taken to cleaners by the English batsman where he recorded the worst figures in the tournament of 0/110 in 9 overs.
A below-average performance earns him a performance rating of 4.19.
#9 ISURU UDANA
INNS: 7 | WKTS: 6 | AVG: 49.33 | ER: 5.74
Sri Lankan pacer, Udana is under immense scrutiny as his efforts in the tournament reflect a very rough phase. A mere 6 wickets in 7 matches doesn’t serve the purpose for which he was initially picked up.
A performance rating of 3.68 tells us the story of how ineffective Udana has been during the course of the tournament.
#10 MASHRAFE MORTAZA(C)
INNS: 8 | WKTS: 1 | AVG: 361 | ER: 6.44
Probably, the worst player of the tournament, Mashrafe Mortaza, is also the captain of our flop 11.
The seasoned campaigner seems to have not aged well, as he has considerably lost pace and his ability to bowl nagging lines and lengths.
He, now neither makes batsmen commit mistakes nor is he lethal enough to smoke off batsmen. Also, his performance rating of 1.78 acts like a shame for such an experienced cricketer.
#11 HASAN ALI
INNS: 4 | WKTS: 2 | AVG: 128 | ER: 7.75
Pakistani fast bowler, Hasan Ali is in the team thanks to his pathetic bowling efforts.
Lethal by no means, Hasan Ali has not only failed to make any impact with the ball, but also oozed off the pressure created by Mohammad Amir.
With a performance rating of 2.15, he completes the flop 11 of World Cup 2019.
WORLD CUP 2019: FLOP 11 OF THE TOURNAMENT
Martin Guptill, Soumya Sarkar, Aiden Markram, Kusal Mendis, Tom Latham(WK), Mohammad Nabi and Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Isuru Udana, Mashrafe Mortaza(C), and Hasan Ali.
Reference: ICC World Cup 2019 Stats
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