These five cricketers were renowned for their deeds on the pitch, but never featured in the biggest stage of all, the 50-over World Cup.
#5 VVS Laxman
Laxman, one of India’s greatest Test batsmen, was a handy player in ODI cricket, someone who could anchor the innings and hit the odd boundary. However, none of his 86 ODIs for India came in the World Cup – he was close to bagging a spot for the 2003 edition, but India went with Mohammad Kaif and Dinesh Mongia instead.
#4 Justin Langer
One-half of a legendary opening combination with Matthew Hayden, Langer was not a regular in ODI cricket. Perhaps his stonewalling style did not fit the one-day format for Australia, who had an imposing line-up, especially at the top of the order. He ended up playing only eight matches, as compared to his 105 Tests.
#3 Irfan Pathan
One of India’s most dynamic all-rounders, Pathan was a key member of India’s team in the 2000s, but ended up never playing a World Cup game. He was part of the 2007 squad, but did not get a game. He debuted in 2003 months after that year’s World Cup, and lost a spot in 2011, with his brother Yusuf Pathan taking one of the all-rounder spots.
#2 Matthew Hoggard
One of England’s finest seamers in the 2000s, Hoggard was a real nightmare on his day, picking up 248 wickets in his 67 Tests. Although he featured in ODIs occasionally, he never quite sealed the spot in coloured clothing, playing just 26 games, none of which came in a World Cup.
#1 Alastair Cook
Cook was arguably England’s greatest Test batsman of this century, stacking up records aplenty during his 12 years as an international cricketer. He was also a decent ODI player, featuring in 92 games, but never bagged a spot in the World Cup. He last played in the format one year before the 2015 edition.