7 Players Yet To Live Up To Their World Cup Expectations
In this article, we take a look at seven underperforming players who have not lived up to expectations during this World Cup. Do note that it is very possible for the top players to turn things around, though. Therefore, cricket bettors shouldn’t count them out just yet. After all, there is still a long way to go in this World Cup.
7 Hyped Underperforming Players at World Cup 2019
The 2019 ICC World Cup takes place every four years and is the biggest ICC tournament in World Cricket. Every one of the 10 teams participating in the 2019 edition wants to get their hands on the trophy. For that to happen, the teams need their key players to fire and help them win crucial matches throughout the month and a half long tournament.
Millions of cricket fans expect the top players in their teams to fire on the biggest cricketing stage. Punters also put down money at the sportsbooks and back their favourite players to perform. However, the pressure of the World Cup can get to even the top sportmen. This is exemplified by the following underperforming players.
India – Jasprit Bumrah
J Bumrah is ranked the number ICC ODI bowler and was expected to be a potent weapon in the Indian bowling attack. Bumrah is playing his first World Cup, but hasn’t really found his groove. In fact, he does not even feature in the top 10 leading wicket taker list as of now. He also did not take any wickets in the crucial game against Pakistan.
With his opening partner B Kumar out for the next few games, Bumrah and team India will be hoping he finds his usual knack of picking up wickets at the death. He has odds of 2.63-1 to finish as India’s leading wicket taker.
Afghanistan –Rashid Khan
Rashid is the biggest star in the Afghanistan side, and is used to bamboozling batmen with his leg-spin. He has been far from his best, though, and was taken to the cleaners against England when he sent down 9 overs for 110 runs. Nevertheless, Rashid still has odds of 4-1 to finish as Afghanistan’s leading wicket taker.
West Indies – Andre Russell
A Russell had been in devastating form with the bat in the 2019 IPL and was one of the key players for the West Indies. However, Russell has been one of the most underperforming players just when his team needed him the most. Furthermore, he has not shown the composure or the maturity one would expect from a senior player. Being hampered by a recurring knee injury hasn’t helped, either.
Pakistan – Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali is a good bowler and was expected to lead the Pakistan attack as the selectors were not initially going to pick M Amir for the World Cup. However, the selectors will now be glad that they took M Amir after all. H Ali has been such a huge disappointment for the team that he currently has odds of 101-1 to be Pakistan’s leading wicket taker.
South Africa – Hashim Amla
H Amla is one of the senior most batmen for South Africa and was expected to deliver at the top of the order. However, Amla hasn’t been in the best of form for the last 18 months. He has subsequently continued to struggle at the World Cup, making it difficult for South Africa to post big scores. He now has odds of 21-1 when it comes to finishing as South Africa’s leading run scorer.
Australia – Usman Khawaja
The absence of S Smith and D Warner from the Australia side saw batsman U Khawaja step up and subsequently selected for the World Cup team. However, he hasn’t clicked so far. Australia will probably give him a couple more chances before they take a decision on whether to drop him.
Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga
L Malinga is no longer the dangerous bowler that he once was. Nevertheless, Sri Lankan fans were hoping he could finish his career with an outstanding World Cup. Malinga knows that he is the most experienced bowler in the Sri Lanka side, and it will be up to him to lead the way!