In a nation where millions of people aspire to play cricket for the country, very few get the opportunity to fulfill their dream. And almost every player who has represented the Indian Team dreams of playing the ODI cricket World Cup.
The mega-event that happens after every four years is one of the most anticipated tournaments in World Cricket. In the 11 editions that have been played so far, India has won the coveted trophy twice, first in 1983 under Kapil Dev and then in 2011 under MS Dhoni.
A lot of players have got the chance to play the marquee tournament but there have been a few players who despite having played for India for a long time, haven’t been able to play a single World Cup match. While some of these players were selected in the World Cup squad but did not get any game, some players got injured after being named in the squad and thus got ruled out of the tournament. Also, there were a lot of players who missed the cut because of tough competition from other players.
No matter what the reason was, all these players are extremely unlucky to miss out on playing for India in the coveted tournament. Here is an XI which comprises of Indian players who were unfortunate not to play a single World Cup match.
#1 Murali Vijay
Even though Murali Vijay has always been considered a Test player, his batting style and eye-pleasing strokeplay made him a suitable candidate for a place in the ODI side too. To add to it, the number of runs he scored for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL also was a testimony of his pedigree as a limited-overs batsman.
Vijay was given an opportunity to get his name in the World Cup squad by selecting him in the ODI series against South Africa just prior to the World Cup. But unfortunately, he failed to grab the opportunity and was left out of the squad.
#2 Parthiv Patel (Wicket-keeper)
Parthiv Patel was extremely close to playing for India in the World Cup when he was selected in India’s World Cup squad in 2003. However, Sourav Ganguly decided to give the gloves to Rahul Dravid and Parthiv did not get a single game in the series. Post the 2003 World Cup, MS Dhoni arrived on the scene and there was no scope for any other wicket-keeper to secure a place in the Indian ODI side.
#3 VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman, one of the greatest Test batsmen India has ever had, will have one regret in his cricketing career, not able to represent his country in at least a single World Cup game. Laxman was tantalizingly close to a place in India’s World Cup squad in 2003 but lost out to Dinesh Mongia.
Despite playing a few classy innings in ODIs, the very very special batsman averages a modest 30.76, probably being the reason for his non-selection in World Cup squads.
#4 Hrishikesh Kanitkar
#5 Hemang Badani
#6 Dinesh Karthik