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India celebrated their world cup victory on their home soil in 2011 ICC World Cup. Indian team was much more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup trophy. The reason was very simple behind this. It’s because they all knew that Sachin will not be with their team in the next ICC World Cup. The purpose of this article is to enlist cricketers who appeared in the 2011 ICC World Cup but will not played in 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There are several players in this list like Andrew Strauss, Virendar Sehwag, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, Graeme Swann and along with many others.
The last man of the series Youvraj Singh will not be seen hitting long sixes this time in the cricket world cup. The long list of players who will be missed in this world cup has been cut down to 15 players. These 15 can make world’s best squad for any cricket tournament.
Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup
1. Ricky Ponting, Australia
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has led his team in 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup to win the glorious title. In 5 ICC World cups, Ponting has played a total 46 matches. He earned Man of the match title 3 times in his world cup career.
Ricky Ponting was one of the few who got to hold the world cup title 3 times. Undoubtedly, Ponting “the punter” is a part of the all-time great batsmen list.
2. Sachin Tendulkar, India
Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, the master batsman, the cricket GOD was holding world cup trophy in his homeland in front of 42,000 people and millions of cricket fans watching him on the screen. Everything about the great Sachin will be missed in this 2015 ICC World Cup.
Sachin has an incredible World Cup records with 6 centuries and 15 fifties in his 45 matches. Sachin bagged man of the match 8 times and in 2003 ICC World Cup, he was the man of the series in that tournament.
3. Graeme Smith, South Africa
Graeme Smith was part of the South African squad from 2003-2011. He played his role as a responsible captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 World Cup cricket and sat the basement for scariest team for any opponent we see today in cricket.
Graeme Smith’s South Africa lost in quarter final to New Zealand in the last world cup and many more consider that as an upset.
4. Jacques Kallis, South Africa
Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the high profile cricketers of all-time. Kepler Wessels once said about Kallis, “His all-round skills are world class and he is indeed a key member of the South African side.” He represented his team in ICC main event for 36 times which is more than any other fellow player.
In 1999 World Cup he scored a dashing 96 runs against India. The innings was considered as one of his all-time best performances.
5. Michael Hussey, Australia
Mike Hussey is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in the world cricket. He is a nightmare for any bowler. His marvelous innings in World T20 2010 semifinal crashed Pakistani team into pieces.
Hussey has 42 fifties in his 157 ODI innings. He will be surely missed in this ICC World Cup 2015.
6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies
It may be controversial to pick up Chanderpaul in World Cup squad. Even the list contains some legends, we still need him to give everybody break from cheering and clapping. He is a kind of player who possesses with great temperament. His long international career of more than 20 years in cricket, he has an enlightened career.
He was an integral part of his side in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. Chanderpaul was at his best in 1999 ICC World Cup with his incredible average of 67.
7. Paul Collingwood, England
Paul Collingwood is an English all-round cricketer. Last time in the world cup, he was not even near to his best, but yet he is one of the most prestigious players in cricket. From 2003-2011, he played total 18 matches in the world cup and scored 474 runs and bagged 8 wickets.
Paul Collingwood will be certainly missed in this world cup, but he may appear as a part of coaching stuff of Scotland team.
8. Brett Lee, Australia
Brett Lee, the Aussie speed-star has broken many wickets in his career. In 2003 ICC World Cup, in a match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets. Brett Lee brought best in the mega tournaments with his average 17.97.
9. Shoaib Akhter, Pakistan
Shoaib Akhter, “the Rawalpindi Express“, was scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket history. Shoaib Akhter has wrecked many great batsmen with his devastating yorkers.
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10. Zaheer Khan, India
Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket taker in 2011 world cup. He picked a total 21 wickets at an average of 18.75. Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi also took same wickets at 12.85 average. He was a valuable weapon for the Indian pace attack. Team India will surely miss him in this world cup campaign.
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11. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka
Muralitharan took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. It is only Glenn McGrath who is ahead of him with 71 wickets in the world cup. He is an important part of Sri Lankan team when they won 1996 World Cup.
The world’s leading wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan could not be better described than former captain Marvan Atapattu‘s statement, “A Champion”.
12. Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan
Saeed Ajmal is one of the great spinners not only in Pakistan but to the whole cricket world. Pakistan team was so dependable to him that they trusted him more than rest of the teams’ accumulative performance. In his 111 ODI, he picked a stunning 185 wickets in just 6 years of his career.
Ajmal has been no one in ODI ranking for a significant period of time. He was expected to play in this ICC World Cup 2015, but ruled out due to ICC ban.
13. Scott Styris, New Zealand
Scott Styris is a real star for the Black Caps. He played 26 world cup matches from 2003-2011. With an incredible batting average of 53.47, he is one of the most experienced all-rounder for New Zealand. He was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance against England in 2007 World Cup.
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14. Virender Sehwag, India
Virender Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen with 8273 runs. He is renowned as a hard hitter to the ball, and to the opponent bowlers he always appeared as nightmare. His strike rate was 104.33. It was the highest by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs.
15. Matt Prior, England
Matt Prior, due to his fall out of form would not be in the English squad. Matt Prior played 7 world cup matches and he made 3 stampings and 7 catches.
In this short list, many other cricketers have missed out. But, you viewers are always welcomed to give your valuable comment regarding the article.