The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 came to a great finish as England edged past New Zealand to clinch their first World Cup title at Lord’s on Sunday. The final clash was arguably one of the greatest finals ever played that the sport has witnessed.
Although the tournament witnessed some of the most splendid cricketing action, there were a number of players who failed to rise to the occasion.
Let us have look at the failed openers and Number 3 batsman.
Although Martin Guptill was one of the highest run-scorer in the last World Cup edition, New Zealand had their hopes on him. However, he had a miserable run in the tournament.
Although he scored a good 73 in the opening match, he managed less than 200 runs in the next 10 matches.
It was Fakhar Zaman’s good form in ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 that helped them win the trophy.
It felt that they finally had a dependable opener.
After aeons of waiting, it finally appeared that the Men in Green had a dependable presence to open the innings for them.
However, he managed only 186 runs in the tournament. His highest score of 62 coming against India in a match.
One of the biggest shockers in the tournament was South Africa’s shabby form in the tournament. Their batting order was under pressure.
Aiden Markram was in the spotlight but he failed to carry a load of expectations as he only managed 140 runs at an average of 23.33 in the World Cup.
Aiden Markram’s form was crucial for the team which had relied heavily on AB de Villiers till then and prior to the World Cup, Aiden had produced a few innings of substance that might have given the Proteas a lot of confidence.