Legends Who Never Won ICC World Cup
A beautiful cycle that will continue and the 2019 Edition of the tournament could inspire the children who someday raise the trophy for their country. Well, all these inspired children fail to reach the top. They get closer, their efforts to achieve it win the hearts of many, but history will never remind them as winners of the World Cup. Some writers often describe the trophy as a misfortune not to get caught in the hands of cricket players and, honestly, it’s not completely exaggerated. Here are ten legendary cricket players who have represented the team in various editions of the most prestigious Cricket Tournament, but have never won the prize, leaving a huge void in their trophy cabinet.
When Sir Vivian Richards spotted a teenage sensation hitting the stick in a first-class match, he said that this child would be a legend. Well, this kid did not disappoint the great man and became an Enigma by the name of Brian Charles Lara. The Caribbean cricket had a long-standing identity, it was ruthless, relentless, obstinate and technically less accurate. Lara has carried this heritage with poetic brilliance and cricket will always be thankful for her sensational contribution.
Lara played her first World Cup in 1992 and represented the team in five editions in total, having already been captain of the team once in 2007. His best result with the team was reached in the semifinals in 1996 by Australia. He was one of the lone warriors who had never received sufficient support from his team members. Despite all the glorious stories he created with his willow, it was a story that never had a happy ending.
Rahul Dravid was rightly inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame last year and his contribution cannot be summed up in mere poetic words. If ever someone approached to accurately describe it, it was Harsha Bhogle, who called Dravid “the Wolf who lived for the Pack.” He spent his whole life in the Middle holding the ground, while his teammates continued to attack knowing that there is a “wall” that can never be crossed.
Rahul Dravid was the top scorer of the tournament during his first World Cup in 1999. He then represented the 2003 Club where Australia humiliated India in the finals and unfortunately was the captain of the 2007 team that produced the worst result of the Cup. Despite all the mountains that he gravitated, it was an Everest that always remained far from its reach.
Sir Richard Hadlee
The greatest New Zealand cricket player of all time, Sir Richard Hadlee was one of the most prolific fast bowlers of the game in the 80 years. First full player of cricket to reach 1 000 points and 100 counters in ODI format, he was part of the Kiwi team alongside his two brothers Barry and Dayle Hadlee during the first World Cup of 1975.
He later represented the team in 1979 and 1983 but could never get close to the trophy. Although he played Cricket at a time when ODI cricket had just been introduced and had not been played much, he nevertheless had a good chance of winning the ultimate prize. Anyway, he was knighted in 1990, shortly after his retirement, for his unforgettable service to the gentleman’s game.
They say that only one cricket player in the story was almost perfect and his name is Sir Garfield Sobers. Many versatile players have attempted to make a fortune to align them with the immortal Caribbean, but they have never succeeded. Nevertheless, South Africa produced its own version of an almost perfect all-round in the form of Jacques Kallis, who later became one of the greatest players in the game.
He played his first World Cup in 1996, just a few months after his international debut. He represented the Proteas in five world cups and nearly won it in 1999 and 2007, where they missed their chance in the semifinals. Although he is one of the excellent South African teams, he has never been able to qualify for the final.
The finer the margin of defeat, the deeper the pain it inflicts. It is hard to be Kumar Sangakkara, who has all implemented in career, but losing two consecutive World Cup finals has been devastating. If ever a list is made on the most elegant cricket players of all time, it would be among the top five. His cover disc was a melody, his skill was unparalleled, Sangakkara, on the whole, was a jewel for an eye that cricket.
Despite all the huge numbers in his career, the left-handed drummer was never able to inspire his team to win the biggest trophy. In spite of more than 700 referrals in international cricket and many races run for fun, one remembers him as the man who took the bitterest pills of the finale of 2011 with a smile on his lips.
The boss universe is the nickname he has given himself, and the world has assisted him. Christopher Henry Gayle will be one of the greatest artists in the game and the biggest influence in the shortest format of the game. He is still the only drummer of the T20 cricket with more than 10 000 races to his credit.
Gayle will represent Windies during his fifth and final World Cup, after which he retired from the format of 50 years and older. Despite more than 10 000 races and 25 centuries in this format, he never really had a team that was good enough to go to the end. He is the only one on the list to be still active but he is very unlikely to succeed in winning the trophy.
AB De Villiers
Scientists continue to explore new dimensions that many would never have imagined. AB de Villiers was a scientist rewarded with the Nobel Prize for cricket. He did ridiculous things with flawless ease and fascinated the fans for more than ten years. All this brilliance ended when he hung up the boots in 2018, but the sight of the AB de Villiers walking and crying in distress in Auckland during the last World Cup will never weaken.
It seemed that the scenario contained all the perfect ingredients at the last World Cup so that ABD would go get his hands on the trophy. Yet they somehow wavered against New Zealand in the semifinals by the smallest of margins, leaving once again heartbroken. In addition to 2015, he also represented South Africa at the 2007 and 2011 world cups.
A cult Indian cricket character who, with his passion and aggressiveness, helped the camp reach new heights, Sourav Ganguly was one of the greatest servants in the game. Southpaw represented the men in blue in three world cups and was captain once in 2003, where they were beaten in the finals by Australia.
His career has experienced a lot of highs and lows, but no one can say the same, it is his ability to improve oppositions in this format. Just like Sangakkara, he was about to raise the trophy but remained at a good distance. He could not be captain of the team in 2007 and this World Cup did not leave fond memories for Indian cricket.
Technically astute, mentally strong and gifted for important games, Mahela Jayawardene scored more than 20 000 races in international cricket, but the number of times he took the defense of the team in important moments was simply fascinating. Mahela was captain in 2007, where he lost to Australia in a controversial final, after which he entrusted the tasks to his partner, Kumar Sangakkara.
He probably played one of the most beautiful strikes in the history of cricket in the final of the 2011 World Cup, which unfortunately ended in a defeat. He touched a hundred goals at home, which allowed a half-dead Lankan team to be pumped enough to pose a daunting challenge and guarantee India to fight for its trophy. Despite all efforts, he was one of those cricket players who never managed to cross the last hurdle.
Sir Ian Botham
English Cricket poster in the years 1980, there was very little as enigmatic and dynamic as Sir Ian Botham. The versatile player born in Cheshire has directed some of the finest triumphs of English Cricket during his career, but a triumph at the World Cup has never been achieved by his team or by his team.
Botham helped the three lions reach the final during his first participation in 1979 under the direction of Mike Brearley. Thanks to his genius, England succeeded in reaching the finals in 1987 and 1992, but the story has been repeated and he has never been able to get hold of the trophy. He and Graham Gooch were the only players to take part in three defeats in the World Cup finals. He put his time to his career after the defeat of the English by Pakistan to win the World Cup in 1992.