Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

In 2011, India celebrated world cup victory on their homeland. The team was more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup. The reason was simple, they knew that Sachin will not be with them in next ICC mega event. Here are Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Original purpose of this article was to enlist players who appeared in 2011 but will not be seen in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. There are players like Virendar Sehwag, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Johan Botha, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, and along with many others, man of the series Youvraj Singh who will not be seen in action this year. The long list has been cut-down to 15 players who can make world’s best squad for any series.

Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup
Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup
Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

1. Ricky Ponting:

Australian captain at the time, Punter have lead his team in 2003 and 2007 WC to win the title. Pointing played 46 matches, most for any player, in 5 world cups. He was 3 times Man of the match. Ponting is one of the players who got to hold the title 3 time. He is no doubt part of the all-time great batsmen list.

2. Sachin Tendulkar:

The master batsman, the legend cricketer, the cricket god was holding world cup on his homeland in front of 42,000 people at ground and millions of cricket fans watching him on television. Everything about him will be missed in upcoming event. In his 6 WCs, he batted 44 times in his 45 matches and scored 6 centuries, 15 fifties. He bagged 8 times man of the match award and once, in 2003, man of the series.

3. Graeme Smith:

Since 1999, South Africa have been one of most favorite team. Smith was part of the squad from 2003-2011. He was captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 and sat base for scariest team for any opponent we see today. His team lost in quarter final to New Zealand and more than half fans consider that as an upset.

4. Jacques Kallis:

Kepler Wessels once said about him, “His all-round skills are world class and he is a key member of the side.” He is no doubt high prolific player of all time. He represented his team in ICC main event more than any other fellow player, 36 times. One of his all-time best performances is scoring 96 runs vs India in 1999.

5. Michael Hussey:

a number 5 of Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup, he is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in world. He is nightmare for any bowler in depth. His innings in WT20 2010 semifinal is still haunting Pakistani fans. In 157 ODI innings, Hussey has 42 50+ score.

6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul:

A controversial player to pick in Word Cup squad but we need someone with great temperament, even if this list contains legend we still need Chanderpaul to give everybody break from clapping and cheering. In his 20+ years of international career, he was part of his squad in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. He was at his best in 1999 where he batted with average 67.

7. Paul Collingwood:

English all-rounder, even though he was not even near to his best last time we saw him but he still is one of most prestigious players. He played 18 matches from 2003 to 2011, scored 474 runs and took 8 wickets.

8. Brett Lee:

In his career, Aussies speed-star, have broken many wickets. In 2003 World Cup match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets and NZ was all out at 112. Lee brought best in mega tournaments, his average 17.97 is much better than his overall ODI career, 23.36.

9. Shoaib Akhter:

This generation finds Rawalpindi express scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He does not only hold the record for the fastest ball but also have wrecked many great batsmen wickets with his yorkers.

10. Zaheer Khan:

He was the highest wicket taker in last world cup. He picked 21 wickets at 18.75 average, Shahid Afirdi also picked same amount of wickets at ave 12.85. Zaheer bowling ave 20.22 is miles better than his ODI career’s 29.43.

11. Muttiah Muralitharan:

Just behind Glenn McGrath’s 71 wickets, he took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. He was part of team in 1996 when Sri Lanka won the world cup. The world’s leading wicket taker in both Tests(800) and ODIs(534) could not be better described than Marvan Atapattu’s statement, “A champion”.

12. Saeed Ajmal:

Pakistan have trusted him more than rest of the team’ accumulative performance. In his 6 years career, he played 111 ODIs and collected 185 wickets. He has been number one ODI bowler in ICC ranking for significant time. He was expected to play this world cup but backed out because of ICC’s ban. He is and will be more talked bowler in Pakistan during world cup.

13. Scott Styris:

A real star among Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup for Black Caps have played 26 World Cup matches from 2003-2011. His batting avg 53.47 in these matches is 60% higher than his overall ODIs avg, 32.48. His performance against England in 2007 earned him only man of the match award.

14. Virender Sehwag:

One of the world’s talented batsman have scored 8273 runs at strike rate of 104.33 – the highest strike rate by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs. Truely one of the Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

15. Matt Prior:

He is one of the Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup for sure. He would not be in this squad if wicket keeper was not necessary. Only other choice was Kamran Akmal but dropping catches is not acceptable. In his 7 WC matches he made 3 stumps and took 7 catches.

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Author is Asif Raza, a cricket enthusiast. he tweets @RazaJoya.