We love to hate cricketers who fail at the big stage. Ask Nehra. And we hate to love the unexpected few who lash out to win us matches and then fade. Ask some of them from this list as we look at cricketers who gave more than the fans bargained for but failed to stage repeated encores.
He had the second best average in his side during the 1999 World Cup but Allan Mullally's injuries forced him out of reckoning eventually. That he had the best economy in the English side in that tournament and a crucial four wicket haul against defending champions Sri Lanka failed to make a deep impact.
He was omitted from the South African squad in the preliminary rounds of the 1992 World Cup. But Kirsten returned to leave a deep impact on the tournament and registered his team's presence on the international arena. Was never too far from controversy and retired due to age eventually.
He scored 65 in a partnership of 125 with Aravinda de Silva versus Australia in the 1996 World Cup final. Yet not many outside Sri Lanka remember his contribution to his team's only title claim when they talk of the Jayasuriya's, Ranatunga's and de Silva's. He is currently a domicile of Australia.
So he is more popular than his colleagues in this list. But his baseball approach to batting and ferocity with the ball was exemplified during the 1999 World Cup. He had taken 17 wickets and completed two half-centuries till the semi-final against Australia. He took the game to the last over but failed to complete the final run. Klusener though, won the man of the match award.
Only cricket pundits would remember this Caribbean wicket-keeper who stood his grounds to some of his more popular (and ferocious) fast-bowling team-mates. His contribution behind the stumps during the 1975 World Cup is largely un-noticed by the present generation of cricket fanatics.
He slammed a crucial 45 off 31 balls to help Australia edge past England in the final match of the 1987 World Cup. Shoddy performances in Tests though, spelled doom for him as he faded from the team as well as from the memory of fans.
|1||pakistan cricket team||6||5||1||10|
|2||sri lanka cricket team||6||4||1||9|
|3||australia cricket team||6||4||1||9|
|4||new zealand cricket team||6||4||2||8|
|5||zimbabwe cricket team||6||2||4||4|
|6||canada cricket team||6||1||5||2|
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