Cricket is not equally popular in all parts of the world. In fact, cricket is still being played seriously in a limited number of countries. However, it is true that the popularity of cricket increased a lot over the last few decades with the emergence of ODI format of cricket, and the tournament which was instrumental behind the increase in popularity of cricket is world cup cricket. Winning a world cup title is like a dream to a cricketer, many great players achieved the feat over the years. However, there are some unfortunate great cricketers who could not win world cup title during their illustrious career. Today, I made a list of top ten greatest cricketers who could not win world cup title.
Well, to be honest, there are a number of great cricketers like Martin Crowe, Hansie Cronje, Abdul Qadir, Stephen Fleming, Graham Gooch, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, Zaheer Abbas, Rahul Dravid, Courtney Walsh, Javagal Srinath, Andy Flower, Ian Healy who could have made it to the list. That is why, I included 11 players in the list. Here, I would like to tell you that I emphasized on the ODI performances while selecting the players. There are many cricketers who are considered to be one of the greatest in test cricket, but do not have an impressive record in ODI cricket. Moreover, I did not include any player in the list who did not play ODI cricket. So, let us go through the list here:
Sachin Tendulkar (Batsman)
Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has perhaps won almost everything that a cricketer can achieve in his career. With highest runs and highest number of centuries in both ODI and Test cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has already earned a place among the greatest cricketers of all time.
However, Sachin Tendulkar is yet to win a world cup for
Brian Lara (Batsman)
Brian Lara is another great cricketer who also achieved almost everything during his illustrious career, except a long-cherished world cup title for
Jacques Kallis (All rounder)
The South African all rounder has more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket and 9988 runs in test format, besides 252 test and 246 ODI wickets to his credit so far in his career. Representing
Shaun Pollock (All rounder)
Shaun Pollock is one of the best all-rounders of all time with more than 3500 runs and 350 wickets in both test and ODI formats of cricket. However, the former South African captain could not win world cup title in his illustrious career. The pacer all rounder took part in four world cup tournaments (1996-2007) including the 2003 world cup in which he captained South Africa. However, his world cup performance is not as impressive as his overall career performance. Shaun Pollock picked up 31 wickets from 31 world cup matches at 31.29 which is way below his career average 24.50.
Sourav Ganguly (Batsman)
One of the only eight batsmen with more than 10,000 ODI runs, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is considered to be one of the greatest one day batsmen of all time. Ganguly is still the most successful Indian captain, but he failed to bring a world cup title for
Taking part in three world cup tournaments (1999-2007), Ganguly amassed 1006 runs at 55.88 with record four centuries. His 183-run epic innings against Sri Lanka in 1999 world cup is the second highest world cup innings after Gary Kirsten’s unbeaten 188 in 1996 world cup.
Ian Botham (All rounder)
Ian Botham is perhaps the greatest ever English all rounder who has 5200 test and 2113 ODI runs along with 383 test and 145 ODI wickets. Though he is best known for his test performances, Botham was an effective member of England ODI team for his hard hitting batting style. Taking part in three world cup tournaments, Botham picked up 30 wickets from 22 world cup matches at an average of 25.40 which is better than his career average of 28.54. However, the English all rounder could not perform well with his bat in world cup.
Chris Cairns is another great all rounder who failed to taste the world cup title during his illustrious career. Despite his injury-pronged career, the former
Anil Kumble (Leg Spinner)
This former Indian bowling great is one of those most successful spinners who did never win world cup title. With 619 test wickets, Anil Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in test cricket. His 337 ODI wickets make him the most successful Indian spinner in limited over cricket. Even his world cup performance with 31 wickets in 18 matches is also very impressive, but that could not bring out another world cup success for
Alan Donald (Fast bowler)
Alan Donald was one of the most fearsome pacers of his time because of his speed and swing. The pacer, however, could never win a world cup title during his career, even though he represented
Saqlain Mushtaq (Off Spinner)
Saqlain Mushtaq is considered to be one of the most influential off-spinners of all time, even though he played only 49 test and 169 ODI matches with 208 test and 288 OID wickets respectively. Saqlain Mushtaq found it very easy to dominate the opposition batsmen with his artistic doosra deliveries. He has not been playing international cricket since 2004, and had he continued playing, Saqlain could have been one of the most successful bowlers of all time in both formats of cricket. However, Saqlain Mushtaq could not win world cup for
Waqar Younis (Fast bowler)
There is no doubt about the greatness of former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis who was one of the most dangerous pacers of his time. The speedster could swing the ball both ways at a high speed, and thus, making the task of the opponent batsmen very difficult. Along with Wasim Akram, Waqar formed a dangerous new-ball partnership that handed nightmarish experience to many teams in 1990s. If his career was not shortened by the internal conflict in the team, Waqar Younis’ career record of 373 test and 416 ODI wickets could have been much better. Representing
Here, I am giving a list of some other great cricketers who did not win the world cup:
Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Roger Harper, Curtly Ambrose
Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Geoffrey Boycott, David Gower, Graeme Hick
Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath, Mohammad Azharuddin
Hansie Cronje, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Herschelle Gibbs
Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming, Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Chris Harris, Shane Bond
Andy Flower, Grant Flower, David Houghton, Heath Streak
Duleep Mendis, Ashantha De Mel, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara
Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Ian Healy
Wasim Bari, Abdul Qadir, Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Rashid Latif, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar