Mumbai: Cricketers, good across formats, is rare to find; there have been a few of them who couldn’t take their cricketing genius to the World Cup stage.
Here they are.
VVS Laxman: The Indian batting great was a part of the quartet ‘Fab Four’ which comprised Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. Though a Test specialist, he also played 86 ODIs with six hundreds to his credit, but never featured in a World Cup.
Alastair Cook: The England Test skipper played close to 100 ODI matches but never represented his nation in the World Cup. He only plays Tests now and is unlikely to return to the ODI side.
Matthew Hoggard: The England pacer played an important role in his team’s Ashes victory in 2005. A prolific Test bowler, Hoggard didn’t shine in ODI cricket and hence, missed out on the big stage. He has only 32 wickets in 26 games compared to 248 out of 67 Tests.
Justin Langer: One of the greatest openers in the history of Australian cricket, Langer played 105 Tests and scored 7,696 runs at an average of 45.27. But limited-overs cricket was never his forte, his ODI career lasted eight games.