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5 prolific cricketers who never played in a World Cup

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15 Jun 2016, 16:19 IST

There is no bigger tournament in world cricket than the quadrennial 50-over World Cup. Every cricketer aspires not only to play in the World Cup but also achieve the pinnacle of success by being part of a champion squad. While plenty of cricketers from all around the cricketing globe who have had the privilege of participating in the tournament over the years, there are only a chosen few who have tasted World Cup glory.

And then come the really unfortunate ones who never got a chance to play for their country in the World Cup despite being among the finest to have represented their respective teams. The reasons behind players of such high pedigree missing out can be attributed to them playing lesser limited-overs cricket or specialists in the shorter formats being preferred over them.

Here are 5 prolific cricketers who didn’t play a single World Cup game:

5. Justin Langer (Australia)

Langer in action during a match against England

Justin Langer is easily one of the greatest openers to have represented Australia in international cricket. The southpaw played 105 Tests in a career that lasted 14 years and scored more than 7000 runs at an average of just over 45. Langer formed a great partnership with fellow opener Matthew Hayden and together, they were the most formidable Test opening pair in the early 2000s.

The Aussie’s ODI career, though, lasted just 8 matches in which he could only manage 160 runs without a single half-century. He is perhaps the only batsman from the golden era of Australian cricket who has not played for his team at the World Cup. In fact, Justin Langer’s last ODI match came back in 1997, a decade before he called time on his illustrious career.

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