Ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 has now entered its knockout stage as the league stage of the tournament has ended up with, four teams, India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand making it into the semi-finals of the tournament. Meanwhile, the cricket fans witnessed some iconic performances both from batters and bowlers.
Apart from this, there were also very flop performances from the players who were expected to come up with some brilliant outings in the tournament but they couldn’t live up to their stature and had a miserable run in the tournament.
With said that, here we’ll have a look at the flop playing XI after the end of the league stage of the ODI World Cup 2023.
Here’s a look at the flop XI of the ODI World Cup 2023
Openers – Temba Bavuma and Jonny Bairstow
South African skipper Temba Bavuma and star England batter Jonny Bairstow can be the openers of this flop-playing XI of the league stage of the ODI World Cup 2023; both batters endured a poor run of form in the league stage of the tournament. Bairstow scored 215 runs in 9 innings of the 9 matches, he played for England in the league stage, scoring 215 runs, with 2 half-centuries, having a poor average of 23.88.
On the other hand, Bavuma could score only 145 runs in 7 innings of the 7 matches, he played for South Africa out of their 9 league matches in the tournament. He averages only 20.71, having no half-century and a century to his name.
Middle-Order – Colin Ackermann, Mehidy Hadan, and Jos Buttler (C&WK)
The Netherlands management went on to call up the senior batter Colin Ackermann in their squad for the ODI World Cup 2023 but he couldn’t live up to the expectations and scored only 216 runs in 9 innings of the 9 matches, he played for the Dutch side in the league stage of the tournament, averaging only 24.00 with one half-century.
Ackermann can be joined by the Bangladesh middle order batter Mehidy Hasan Miraz and the England wicketkeeper-skipper Jos Buttler. Miraz and Buttler scored only 201 and 138 runs, respectively, in 9 innings of the 9 matches, they played for their teams.
All-Rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva and Shadab Khan
Sri Lankan all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva could score only 140 runs with the bat, averaging only 20.00 in 7 innings of the 8 matches, he played for Sri Lanka in the league round. Apart from that, he failed to scalp even one wicket throughout the entire tournament.
Alongside De Silva, the second flop all-rounder in the playing XI can be Pakistan’s vice-captain Shadab Khan who could score only 121 runs in 5 innings of the 6 matches, he played for Pakistan. Shadab picked only two wickets with the ball throughout his all appearances in the league stage.
Bowlers – Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Mitchell Starc, and Kasun Rajitha
The bowling lineup of this playing XI starts with the Pakistan spinner Usama Mir who could claim only 4 wickets in 4 innings of the 4 matches, he played for Pakistan in the tournament. In the pace attack, the top contender is star Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf who scalped 16 wickets but ended up as the most expensive bowler of the entire ODI World Cup 2023, with conceding 533 runs in 79.0 overs.
Other than Usama Mir and Haris Rauf, the veteran Australia pacer Mitchell Starc also failed to live up to the expectations in the league stage of the tournament as he picked only 8 wickets with the ball, alongside Sri Lanka’s Kasun Rajitha who also claimed 8 wickets in the tournament.