There are some rare feats in the world of cricket which are termed 'Rare' because they don't happen very often but when they do, it does surprise the ardent cricket followers. In cricket, surprises lie at every corner and that is what makes this game such a cherished sport.
When talking about cricket, there is one thing that has started swirling in the minds of cricket enthusiasts and that is the upcoming edition of ICC Cricket World Cup. The World cup is a spectacle which is celebrated by millions. While witnessing a World Cup is truly special, participating in one is an altogether different phenomenon. Players strive to make it to a World Cup squad and those who do, register themselves in the history books of cricket.
In those history books, there lies a column which comprises of 4 men, who represented two different nations at the Cricket World Cup. It is a genuinely proud feeling to represent a nation at a World Cup but representing two countries at the prestigious tournament just gives proud a new meaning.
On that note, we list down 4 men who have represented 2 different countries at Cricket World Cup:
#4 Eoin Morgan (Ireland & England)
It is utterly astounding to note that an Irishman could become the first man ever to captain England to World Cup glory. Eoin Morgan, the English skipper has been instrumental in the rebuilding process of England's ODI side and such tremendous has been their progress that after that debacle in 2015, England is considered as favourites for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Morgan has not only been an influential leader but a dynamic batsman as well. The Irishman has raked in loads of runs during this period and is a rock-solid presence in the middle order for England.
Back in 2007, Morgan played his very first World Cup as he represented Ireland at the grand tournament in the Carribean. 4 years later he experienced the spectacle yet again but this time in the English colours and rest, as they say, we all know!
Morgan went on to become England's leading runscorer and their skipper. The Irishman led the English contingent at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
#3 Ed Joyce (England & Ireland)
Another Irishman on this list, Ed Joyce had quite a journey on the international scene. The left-handed batsman started his career with Ireland and went on to make numerous appearances before making a switch to England.
Joyce was part of the English squad that travelled to the West Indies for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007. The southpaw went on to represent England till 2011 before returning to his home nation to don the Ireland shirt again as decided to play for his home nation.
Joyce represented the Irish at the 2011 edition of the tournament and joined the select list of players who have represented 2 countries at a World Cup.
In his ODI career with the two nations, Joyce played 78 times and went on to score 2622 runs with six 100s and fifteen 50s. But the most memorable moment of his career remains playing for 2 different nations at consecutive World Cups. Quite an achievement, we might say!
#2 Anderson Cummins (West Indies & Canada)
Cummins was a bowling all-rounder back in his day who started his career playing for the West Indies. He was an active part of the West Indies setup in the early 90s and even went on to represent the Carribean side at the 1992 World Cup.
Cummins' stint with the West Indies didn't last long as he soon retired and moved to Canada where he continued his passion for cricket. He surprised many by being selected in Canada's squad for the 2007 World Cup which was hosted in his home nation: West Indies.
Cummins returned to the international scene as a 40-year old allrounder who took the field in the Canadian colours at the 2007 ICC World Cup. Cummins was tipped to become the next big thing back in his early days at Barbados but things didn't turn out to be entirely spectacular for the West Indian.
But he does belong to a rare category of players who have represented 2 different countries at Cricket World Cup.
#1 Kepler Wessels (Australia & South Africa)
Australia and South Africa are two big names in the world of cricket and the power of these two giants is of no question. The two aforementioned nations have always been amongst the top contenders for any ICC tournament and will step into the 2019 edition as two of the favourites to lift the glorious trophy.
With that being said, there once was a player who had the privilege of representing these 2 highly respected countries at the World Cup. The player who is being mentioned here is Kepler Wessels.
Wessels' CV does showcases his participation in 2 different World Cups, with 2 different countries. Often appreciated for his calm and composed playing style, Wessels batted in the middle order.
Kepler's first World Cup appearance came in 1983 when he represented Australia at the grandest stage. He went on to play for Australia in both formats i.e. Test and ODI, before retiring from the Australian side in 1986.
With South Africa's return to the cricket scene confirmed in 1991, Kepler returned to play for his home nation. He captained the Proteas at the 1992 World Cup and did a remarkable job as they reached the semifinals and narrowly missed out on reaching the final.