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5 Important players from 2015 World Cup, who haven’t played a game in World Cup 2019

15 Jun 2019 CricTracker

Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

World Cup 2019 is definitely gaining momentum with each passing day. Teams are getting used to the conditions and all of them have opened their account in the points table except Afghanistan. With a couple of washed out games now the weather is also expected to play a huge factor in deciding the fate of the teams and the tournament. Like the 2015 World Cup, this edition has also witnessed some of the new stars stand up for the sides.

Unfortunately, their rise has also been coupled with the exclusion of some experienced players, who were an integral part of their teams in the 2015 World Cup. With most teams playing only a few matches they’ve not made a lot of tweaks in the playing XI. Thus there are individuals with a proved track record but are yet to make the cut to the team this time.

Here are the five important players in 2015 World Cup who haven’t played a game in World Cup 2019:

1. Asghar Afghan – Afghanistan:

Asghar Afghan. (Photo Source: should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan cricket is making headlines for all the wrong reasons as Mohammad Shahzad slammed the board for his dismissal from the squad. The team has lost all their 3 matches and is not looking like the side that played with great vigour and challenged most opponents in the last couple of years. Their batting unit has struggled to keep up with the pace as their new look middle-order has not contributed anything.

In these trying times, former skipper Asghar Afghan could have been a wise choice but the team has not trusted him. He was the captain in the 2015 edition where the team was able to beat Zimbabwe. In this tournament, his experience is essential for the side which is full of youngsters. For the most part of his career, he has been a pivot in the middle-order.

Even in the World Cup Qualifiers, the right-hander showed his mettle against Ireland by scoring a quick-fire 39 off 29 balls so he should have been in the playing XI right from the start.

2. Tim Southee – New Zealand:

Tim Southee. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Like their national icon Kiwi, the New Zealand team has marked their territory in the 2019 World Cup. They have won all their 3 fixtures convincingly while the other game against India was a washout. The team is looking settled for a semi-final berth. The batsmen have shown glimpses of finding the right form with matured knocks. The bowling department has been impressive with Lockie Ferguson as their leading wicket-taker but it has not been tested against quality teams on surfaces with little assistence.

Though Trent Boult has been doing justice to his role with 3 wickets in as many games he seems to be missing his partner in crime, Tim Southee. The speedster was a vital cog when the side reached the finals in the last edition. He accounted for 15 wickets which included a 7-fer against England.

Earlier in the year, he picked up a 6-wicket haul against the Bangla tigers but his poor outings in the IPL has denied him a place in the side. Kane Williamson is a smart captain so he should back his premier bowler who can help him deliver crucial blows in upcoming ties.

3. Mohammed Shami – India:

Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s men have upstaged two big teams in their initial fixtures and they are looking sure of a top 4 finish despite the third match being ruined by rain. The top order has fired eminently but the untimely injury to Shikhar Dhawan can be a headache for the team management. The bowlers have done their part efficiently by taking wickets at critical stages of the game and the fielders have also backed up their efforts.

The two pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have bowled tight overs upfront and as well as at the death. In the middle overs, the tweakers have shown their magic but in the game against Kangaroos, the captain was always looking to fit in the fifth bowling option. It is where the team can consider Mohammed Shami in the mix.

He was their trump card in the 2015 World Cup where he bagged 17 wickets in just 7 games. This year, the speedster has been in red hot form with 19 wickets at a strike rate of 30 in 11 games. Adding Shami to the playing XI can rob the side of its balance but it has its own perks as well.

4. Rubel Hossain – Bangladesh:

Rubel Hossain of Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Asian team showed its tenacity by winning their tie against South Africa and giving tough competition to the Black Caps. They are currently placed at the 7th position in the points table which is not the ideal reflection of their bravado. The senior statesman, Shakib Al Hasan is leading the charge with his all-around skills and the other players have also shown their abilities in patches.

With their skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza as their bowling kingpin the unit has failed to instil fear in the opposition camp. The team needs someone who can bowl aggressive spells and Rubel Hossain is the ideal candidate for that role. In the previous edition, his 4-fer against England was one of the reasons why the side made it to the knock-out stages.

The speedster has the knack of presenting his A game in multi-nation tournaments and his heroics in the 2018 Asia Cup is the pitch-perfect example.

5. Samiullah Shinwari – Afghanistan:

Samiullah Shinwari. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It seems like the Afghan players are missing their Kabuli Pulao, which is clearly visible from their groggy performances in the 2019 World Cup. The team has been suffering due to the recent controversies and they are yet to settle under the supervision of their new skipper, Gulbadin Naib. The batting unit has failed to put up runs on the board which has cost the team heavily.

Especially the young middle-order has buckled under pressure and that’s where the team management should have used the veteran Samiullah Shenwari. The all-rounder was one of the pillars of the side when they were rising through the ranks in the international circuit.

In the 2015 World Cup, he accumulated 254 runs in 6 games at an average of 42. Shinwari also stroked a match-winning 96 against Zimbabwe which helped the nation taste its first success at the grandest stage. So, now it is the right time to inject his experience to salvage some pride.

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