The round-robin phase of the 2019 ICC World Cup has come to an end with four teams left standing.
The tournament has seen some stellar individual displays with the records for the most runs as well as the most wickets in a single World Cup edition under threat.
However, there have been also many players who have failed to live up to expectations and have performed well below their standards. Here, we look at the five biggest World Cup flops so far.
The Windies all-rounder came into the tournament on the back of a sensational IPL campaign for Kolkata Knight Riders where he plundered sixes for fun.
However, Russell failed to deliver the goods with the bat in the tournament before limping out with an injured knee.
The Jamaican could only muster a high score of 21 runs in four outings before the curtains came down on his campaign. While he was more than handy with the ball in hand, Russell failed to provide the lower order fireworks for West Indies and was guilty of some atrocious shot-making to throw his wickets away.
The Bangladesh skipper has been a brilliant servant over the years but his output on the field has lately been restricted to just his captaincy nous.
The heavily strapped Mortaza was able to pick just the sole wicket with the ball in his eight outings and that came against England.
The 35-year-old did oversee a promising campaign for Bangladesh which saw them pick up four wins but he was a mere passenger with the ball in hand.
The veteran is surely in the twilight of his career now and an international retirement cannot be far away given his recent foray into politics.
The New Zealand opener still has a chance to turn his tournament around but he has failed to cover himself in glory so far.
Both Kiwi openers have been disappointing but Guptill more so than Colin Munro. The Black Caps stalwart is usually a reliable performer for the ODI side but he has failed to show up in the World Cup bar his unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka in the campaign opener.
His subsequent seven innings have yielded just the 93 runs and he has already bagged two ducks in the tournament. Luckily for Guptill and the Kiwis, skipper Kane Williamson has been in stellar form and mitigated the damage done by the openers’ poor form.
The leg-spin sensation was expected to be Afghanistan’s ace in the pack in the World Cup but he barely created a flutter in the tournament.
Rashid was completely overshadowed by the younger Mujeeb Ur Rahman and was able to pick up just the six wickets in his nine appearances.
The 20-year-old was taken to the cleaners by Eoin Morgan in the loss where he finished with the most expensive figures in World Cup history after conceding 110 runs in just nine overs.
He did have his moments but they were very few and far in between for a bowler who is ranked No1 in the T20I format.
Just two years ago Hasan Ali finished as the top wicket-taker in Pakistan’s 2017 ICC Champions Trophy triumph but he looked a shadow of that bowler in England this time around.
The 25-year-old had a poor time in the 5-0 ODI series loss to England before the World Cup and his slump continued in the tournament where he made just four appearances.
The right-arm pacer was dropped after picking up just two wickets in those four matches while conceding runs at a rate of 7.75 runs an over.
He was displaced by Shaheen Afridi after being plundered for runs by India with his stock hitting an all-time low. Looks totally bereft of confidence and rhythm at the moment and his place in the squad could be under threat going forward.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said on Sunday that he, along with other team players, was subjected to abuse in shopping malls following his side’s defeat to India at the 2019 World Cup.
“The incident which took place after the Indian defeat, the boys spent a tough time in London for a week. It wasn’t only me who was subjected to it, but many other players were also targeted in the shopping malls. Some things that happened did not come to the fore and we have reported them to the team management,” Sarfraz said.
Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals owing to an inferior net run rate compared to New Zealand.
A World Cup campaign which started off on a disastrous note nearly ended in something memorable for Pakistan with the Men in Green missing out on semi-final qualification by a whisker.
In the end, it was an inferior net run-rate compared to New Zealand which proved to be the undoing for Sarfraz Ahmed although they did manage to end the campaign with four wins on the bounce.
Five wins, three losses and a no-result against Sri Lanka was the final report card for Pakistan in a campaign that was eerily similar to their 1992 title run.
Here, we review the performances of the Men in Green.
Nobody really gave Pakistan any chance in their clash against England following their seven-wicket demolition at the hands of West Indies in their campaign opener.
However, in a pulsating battle at Trent Bridge, Sarfraz’s men stunned tournament favourites England by 14 runs following a whirlwind 84 off just 62 deliveries by veteran Mohammad Hafeez.
Hafeez’s blitz helped Pakistan put up a mammoth 348-8 on the board and the side held on for a win despite tons from Joe Root and Jos Buttler for the hosts.
What made the win ever more special was the fact that Pakistan had been whitewashed 5-0 by England in an ODI series preceding the World Cup.
While they did taste a crushing loss against arch-rivals India, it was Pakistan’s extraordinary collapse against the Windies that takes the cake.
Batting first in what was their campaign opener, Pakistan were bowled out for just 105 runs inside a mere 22 overs in a shambolic performance at Trent Bridge.
The batsmen failed to cope with a barrage of bouncers from the Windies pacers led by Andre Russell in a meek capitulation that cost the team dearly in the end.
The resultant negative net run-rate was humongous and the Men in Green were unable to offset it despite the rousing second half.
The classy right-hander’s reputation was enhanced with a stellar campaign that saw him score a total of 474 runs with the help of one ton and three half-centuries.
His run tally is now the highest by any Pakistan batsman in a single World Cup edition and surpassed the previous best of 437 by Javed Miandad in 1992.
Whenever he scored at least 50 runs, Pakistan ended up winning the game and he seems destined for greatness.
The left-handed batsman was dropped from the playing XI after just one game following Pakistan’s loss to Windies but he returned with a bang with back-to-back half centuries.
Sohail’s excellent 89 set up Pakistan’s win over South Africa in a tricky chase while his 68 against New Zealand also turned out to be a vital one. He should now be a lock-in for a middle-order spot going forward for Pakistan.
The left-arm pacer had a miserable last two years in ODI cricket and was not even part of the initial 15-man squad for the World Cup but his selection turned out to be a masterstroke in the end.
Amir led the pace attack brilliantly with a 17-wicket haul across the tournament while going at an economy-rate of under five runs an over. His experience shone through in the end and he was at his very best against Australia against whom he picked up 5-30 at Taunton.
It was not the end to his ODI career the veteran had envisioned with his poor displays seeing him ultimately drop out of the playing XI.
The 37-year-old could only score eight runs in three innings including ducks against India and Australia. He was rightly replaced by Sohail in the second half of the campaign.
Plenty was expected from the explosive opener after his heroics in England in the 2017 Champions Trophy but he failed to deliver the goods bar a scratchy half-century in a losing cause to India.
He aggregated only 186 across eight innings in a performance well below par for a batsman of his standard. Has been off-colour for a while now.
The biggest disappointment with the ball for Pakistan was undoubtedly Hasan Ali who is declining at an alarming rate after a sensational start to his ODI career.
The pacer picked up just the two wickets in four outings and was expensive as well with an economy-rate of nearly eight runs an over. He was dropped from the playing XI after conceding 84 runs against India and never got a look in again in the tournament.
One of the biggest positives for the Men in Green was the stellar debut World Cup campaign of the young pacer who picked up 16 wickets in just five appearances at an average of just 14.62.
The teenager was sensational at Lord’s against Bangladesh where he picked up a memorable five-wicket haul and his meteoric rise in international cricket continues. The left-armer has a very bright future ahead of him and should become a mainstay very soon.