Cricket World Cup is the most coveted trophy in cricket. It can break the confidence of the biggest cricket stars given everyone wants to make their country proud. Players have to play at the highest levels. The level has increased each World Cup.
The ongoing 2019 ICC World Cup is leaving an open race for teams to compete for the 4th spot.
2019 World Cup has kickstarted the careers of David Warner and Steven Smith again post the one-year ban.
Now let’s look at three players who are having a disastrous World Cup campaign –
#1 Usman Khawaja (Australia)
The 32-year-old Usman Khawaja has been having a World Cup campaign to forget. The left-handed Australian batsman has made just 98 runs in 5 matches so far. He holds the ability to turn his campaign around. The chances look extremely bleak considering there are rumors of him getting dropped.
Usman Khawaja’s average drops from 53.6 to 22.6 when he is not opening. Khawaja’s position was shifted to the middle order to accommodate David Warner. He came back after serving a one-year long ban.
But Australia’s assistant coach Brad Haddin said the lack of runs was down to match situations.
“He’s playing a different role. It’s not that he’s not having success, he’s been in a role where he’s had limited opportunities. Before he could go out and set the pace of the innings and now the innings is dictating the role he needs to play” Haddin said.
#2 Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan became the most expensive bowler in the World Cup in yesterday’s encounter against England. It pretty much sums up his World Cup campaign.
The Afghanistani leg spinner leaked 110 runs in just 9 overs as England went onto make 397 on the board. Rashid Khan has just picked 4 wickets in the five matches he has played.
Rashid Khan was supposed to be the biggest bowling asset for Afghanistan. He has misfired at the biggest stage in cricket. It has proved costly for the Afghanistan camp.
#3 Angelo Mathews
9 runs in 3 matches – That’s Angelo Mathews’ 2019 World Cup campaign in four words. The former Sri Lankan captain has failed big time in 2019 World Cup. He will have to up his ante big time if Sri Lanka stands any chance of making into the Top 4.
Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis believes it is just a matter of time before Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews hit form at the World Cup.
These two will have to find their form fast as their chances look extremely bleak of making into the Top 4.