The World Cup is moving towards its business end with the group stage getting over with the India vs Netherlands encounter. We have got four semi-finalists but a few teams who were expected to do well in this tournament have missed out on the qualification. Some players came into the tournament with great expectations but failed to deliver for their team.
Let’s revisit and make a combined Flop XI from the group stage for the ODI World Cup 2023:
The opening pair of this side would be Imam Ul Haq and Jonny Bairstow. Both were expected to perform at the biggest stage but the contrary has happened. Imam could only score 162 runs in 6 matches at a poor average of 27. Whereas, Bairstow who was so instrumental for England, could manage to put up 215 runs for his team at an average of 23.88.
At No.3 would be the Pakistan captain Babar Azam. He was the No.1 ranked ODI batter before this tournament but his performance could hardly justify his ranking. He scored 320 runs at an average of 40 but the kind of hype and expectations that were associated with him, this was a disastrous tournament for him.
Jos Buttler will walk in next. A lot was expected from him but he scored only 138 runs at a miserable average of 15.33. Moving on, at No.5 will be Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladesh Captain failed to deliver both with bat and ball. He scored 186 runs at a pathetic average of 26.57 and with the ball he only managed to take 9 wickets.
At No. 6 will be Iftikhar Ahmed. He was supposed to be providing solidity to the Pakistan middle order but he could not live up to the expectations. In 9 matches he scored 142 runs at an average of 23.66 with no fifty-plus score. Another player in this middle-order will be Dhananjaya De Silva. In the 7 matches that he played, he only managed to score 140 runs at an average of 20.
Shadab Khan and Maheesh Theekshana will be the two spinners in the lineup. Neither of them could impress with their bowling. Theekshana performed poorly, taking just 6 wickets in the tournament, while Shadab Khan only took 2 wickets in 6 matches.
The two pacers of this team would be Haris Rauf and Mark Wood. Haris Rauf, one of Pakistan’s most valuable bowlers, was terrible today. With just six wickets, Mark Wood’s performance with the ball was equally lacking.
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