India is a country which has always done well at the World Cups. The men in blue have been crowned champions twice, in 1983 and 2011, and have reached semi-final in 6 out of the 12 World Cup tournaments that have taken place.
Except the 2007 World Cup debacle, India have always been a potent for at the World Cups in the 2000s. India reached the final in 2003, lifted the trophy in 2011 and had an unbeaten run in the 2015 World Cup till the semi-final. In 2019 too, team India are labelled as hot favorites.
The credit goes to the large pool of talented cricketers that India possess. For any domestic cricketer, the odds of breaking into the Indian squad and featuring in a World Cup game are very low. This is why many of the well-established Indian cricketers who have played for India for several years have never had the taste of World Cup.
In this article, we will take a look at 7 Indian cricketers who have never played a World Cup game.
#7 Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar was a talented pacer who had the ability to swing the ball either ways at will on any given surface. He wasn't the quickest around but had swing as his potent weapon. He played 68 ODIs for India, picking 77 wickets at an economy rate of 5.13
Praveen Kumar was originally picked in the 2011 World Cup squad but he was ruled out due to injury. Sadly, his international career did not last for too long after that and he made his last appearance for India in ODI cricket in March 2012.
Kumar announced his retirement from all formats of the game in 2018 at the age of 32.
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