It was one heck of a tournament in 2015 when Australia sealed the ICC World Cup 2015. They have been thoroughly impressed with a stunning display of cricket. However, since then a lot happened to their side and they are no more the same side. Meanwhile, it’s time for the yet another edition of the World Cup. Regarding the same, we figured out 5 players, who have been the heroes in ICC World Cup 2015 but will give a miss in ICC World Cup 2019.
Here are they:
5. Brendon Taylor:
Well, yeah, the flamboyant batsman from Zimbabwe was the major headliner in the ICC World Cup 2015. He has been phenomenal for the team, who made unthinkable happen for the team. But, with Zimbabwe failing to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019, fans would dearly miss him playing the game.
It has always been intriguing to watch Zimbabwe team in the major event, as they are one of those teams, who can upset the major teams in the tournament. In the previous year, it was Brendon Taylor, who has been exceptional for the team.
He ended up fourth on the highest run-scorers list in the tournament with 433 runs in 6 games. 72.17 was his average, which tells the story of his impact in the tournament.
4. Brendon McCullum:
Yet another Brendon makes into the chart. However, he is from New Zealand and was the skipper of the side. His incredible attacking captaincy was the major highlight for the tournament. Apart from that, his swashbuckling knocks always kept fans on edge of their seats.
The knock he played against South Africa in the semifinals will always remain one of the entertaining knocks in the ICC World Cup 2015. He scored 328 runs in 9 games but what has been scintillating was his exceptional strike rate.
He used to bat at 188 strike rate at the opening slot to dominate things initially, which would also give the brilliant platform for his side in the later part. McCullum led the team to finals but lost to Australia.
3. Misbah Ul Haq:
The former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq is the other dominating batsman of the tournament. He has been sensational and led the team from the front with his astute captaincy. Besides that, he carried a brilliant average to shoulder his side to semifinals of the tournament.
When it comes to ICC events, Misbah has always been Pakistan’s major contributor. Much like any time, he delivered in ICC World Cup 2015 by standing like a wall in the middle-order department.
He finished with a staggering average of 50.00. In his 7 games in the tournament, he garnered 350 runs at a strike rate of 75.
2. Kumar Sangakkara:
The legendary Sri Lankan batsman will be dearly missed by the fans in the upcoming edition of ICC World Cup 2019. He has been phenomenal in the tournament with staggering numbers in his kitty. The flamboyant batsman has also registered quite a few records to his name during the event.
With the Sri Lankan team struggling, his absence will hurt the team for sure, especially, when they dig out the past numbers. He was the second leading run-scorer of the tournament with 7 runs less to Martin Guptill’s tally of 547 runs.
Kumar Sangakkara bagged the average of 108.20 at a strike rate of 105, which was the most for any batsman in the tournament. Alongside Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan also played brilliantly for the team.
1. AB de Villiers:
Ummm, yeah, he would be missed dearly by the fans in the upcoming grand event. AB de Villiers is one of the few players, who got fans across the globe. Even if he goes against their own team, the fans would love to encourage him such has been his mania in the heart of fans.
He is yet to win the trophy and the fans expected that this is the time for AB to put his hands on the trophy. However, it wasn’t the case, as he chose to call curtains on his international career across the formats.
It was an emotional journey in ICC World Cup 2015 for him, where he even let his tears out on the field as well. They were beaten in a close thriller against New Zealand in the semifinal. AB de Villiers finished third in the run-scorers chart with 482 runs in 7 games at an average of 96.40.