This ICC world cup 2019 may not see some legendary players including Ab De Villiers, Shahid Afridi, Michael Clarke, and some other star cricketers. The World Cup 2019 will be conducted at England from 30th May 2019. Let us take a look at some of them.
- Ab De Villiers
He is one of the dependable players for the Proteas in all the formats of cricket. He was called as Mr.360 for his excellence in batting and fielding. His decision to retire from cricket shocked all the fans and experts. He made his ODI debut in 2005 against England and had a span of successful cricket for 13 years. He played for South Africa in 2011 and 2015 World cups. He led the South African team for the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup against New Zealand in which they lost by 4 wickets adhering to DLS method. He holds the records of the fastest half-century off 16 balls, fastest hundred off 31 balls, and fastest 150 off 64 balls, all the records against West Indies. He holds the records of fastest half-century and fastest century in the T20Is as well. He scored 9577 runs off 228 ODIs and picked 176 catches and 5 stumpings with his career-best score being 176.
- Shahid Afridi
This former Pakistan captain made his debut in 1996. He played 398 ODIs and represented the team for 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 World cups. He was awarded the man of the tournament for ICC T20 World cup 2008 and holds the record of highest joint wicket-taker in that series with 21 wickets. He retired from all formats of cricket in 2017. He led the team to semi-finals in ICC world cup2011 in which the team lost to India. In ICC T20 world cup 2008, he led the team to finals in which they lost again to India. He scored 8064 runs off 398 ODIs with the best being 124 runs and picked 395 wickets and 127 catches at an average of 23.58.
- Michael Clarke
He represented Australia in three World cup winning seasons. He played 245 matches in a span of 12 years. He is the only Australian skipper to guide the team towards a World cup victory at home in 2015 against New Zealand. He scored 7981 runs, picked 57 wickets and 106 catches with the highest score 130 at an average of 44.58.
- Brendon Mc Cullum
This New Zealand batsman made his debut in 2002. He represented the team in four World cup seasons, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. He is the captain who guided the team towards final in the World cup 2015. He is the first Kiwi player to slam triple hundred in Tests and the first batsman to score two T20I centuries. He holds the record for the fastest test hundred. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2016. He guided the team towards final in World cup 2015. He played 260 ODIs and scored 6083 runs with the highest score of 166 at an average of 30.41.
- Kumara Sangakkara
He was one of the gentlemen in the World Cricket. He made his debut in 2000 and played in 404 ODIs. He represented the Sri Lankan team in five World cups 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. He guided the team to finals in 2007 against Australia and 2011 against India. They lost the final in 2011 against India by 6 wickets. In 2015 World cup, he scored centuries against Bangladesh, England, Australia, and Scotland. He holds the record of scoring maximum number of centuries in consecutive innings. He is the highest scorer for Sri Lanka and second highest scorer in ODIs worldwide. He played his last game in Quarter final against South Africa in the 2015 World cup. He scored 14234 runs at an average of 41.99 with highest score being 169 and picked 402 wickets and 402 catches. He made 99 stumpings as well.