Now that the ICC T20 World Cup is over, Cricwizz recently put out a list of the Best XI of the T20 World Cup. Today, we'll discuss Flop 11.
Note:- DNP: Did not play, DNB: Did not bat.
1) Aaron Finch
The Australian skipper did an extraordinary job leading the team to the trophy but individually, Aaron Finch was below his standards. Finch started the tournament well scoring 0, 37, 44, and 40 in his first four games.
However, his numbers dropped as he scored just 9, 0, and 5 in his last three that includes his golden duck in the semi-finals and 5 in the final of the tournament.
2) Quinton de Kock
De Kock didn't just have a bad start to the tournament with respect to the concerns outside the field, his form with the bat wasn't great either.
De Kock scored 7, DNP, 12, 16, and 34. Clearly not what you'd expect from an ex-skipper and also such an experienced player in an inexperienced Proteas squad.
3) Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav was exceptional in the IPL 2020 edition and pretty much ascertained his place in India's T20 World Cup squad then itself.
His below-average form in the IPL 2021 was considered just a phase and the player was backed to play at no.4 ahead of the likes of Shreyas Iyer who was better than him despite just making a return from a long-term injury.
Suryakumar Yadav was very poor when it came to playing the role of an ideal no.4 batsman and scored 11, DNP, DNB, 6*, and 25*.
Will he feature for India in the very next T20 World Cup in Australia?
4) Steve Smith
One of the fab fours, Steve Smith had an underwhelming T20 World Cup and there were a lot of expectations from him, especially after his warm-up match performances against India.
However, Steve Smith's numbers suggest otherwise. Smith did manage to stay longer at the crease but the time didn't reciprocate in the form of runs.
Smith scored 35, 28*, DNB, DNB, 1, 5, DNB, and this depicts that he could've done better in the semi-finals when Australia were struggling, he could've helped Australia finish the game comfortably against South Africa early in the tournament but the fact that Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell looked better, they were sent to bat ahead of him.
5) Chris Gayle
Gayle's age was already a concern but the universe boss was named in the squad. Gayle didn't perform poorly because of his age but we often saw him getting out cheaply.
Gayle scored 13, 12, 4, 1, and 15 and walked off the field after getting out in his final World Cup appearance as claimed by him. Gayle makes it to the worst XI but we can't ignore the fact that he would be missed not just by West Indies but the whole world of cricket admirers.
6) Avishka Fernando
Sri Lanka did enough to qualify for the Super 12 but Avishka Fernando did not live up to his expectations. Fernando opened the innings for the Lankans but failed to play even any satisfying knocks.
He scored 30*, 0, 2*, 0, 4, 3, 13, DNB and this is clear evidence of how Fernando failed to deliver.
7) Andre Russell
Russell did not have the best of IPL's this time and his games in the second phase in UAE were majorly affected due to injury. However, he was deemed fit to feature for the West Indies but failed to make any concrete impact with the bat or ball.
Russell scored 0, 5, 0, 2, and 18* and picked just 2 wickets in the tournament. A tournament to forget for Russell and West Indies.
8) Varun Chakravarthy
Chakravarthy was rated very highly before the tournament commenced. But right from the first game, Chakravarthy looked completely off his line and length.
His variations didn't work at all and the youngster failed to trouble any batsman. He didn't pick a single wicket in the two matches he played and was then replaced by an experienced Ravichandran Ashwin. Chakravarthy has immense potential but he would've understood now that the T20 World Cup is not on the same level as the IPL.
9) Keshav Maharaj
Maharaj had a decent start to the World Cup as he picked three wickets in the first two games. However, his fate changed as he went wicket-less in the last three games.
He didn't have the worst of the tournament but he didn't play the role for which he was roped in I.e as a specialist spinner, one of the reasons why he's made the list of the Flop XI.
10) Mustafizur Rahman
Among several high-profile Bangladesh players, Mustafizur Rahman was one who was expected to make a significant impact in the T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh were in great form and had beaten the likes of Australia and New Zealand but what happened in the World Cup was quite below the level they had expected from themselves.
Rahman picked 1, 3, 0,0,0, 2, 0, and 0 that is just 6 wickets in eight games. Rahman is Bangladesh's most influential bowler, sometimes even more instrumental to them than Shakib in the bowling department but he failed to live up to the expectations.
11) Dwayne Bravo
Bravo, just like the entire West Indies squad, failed miserably to make an impact in the T20 World Cup. Bravo's last World Cup didn't turn out the way he would've wanted to end things in his professional T20 career.
Bravo scored 5, 8*, 1, 2, and 10 and picked just two wickets thereby making it to this list. However, it is safe to say that Bravo's career will be something that he and all his fans must be proud of.
Hopefully, we'll see him for a few more years in the IPL and other franchise cricket.
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