Top 5 Talented Flops
Speaking of talented cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis are the names that comes to our mind. They are talented since their under-19 days and continued to be so till they call it a day. On the other hand, there are few cricketers who had talent alone but failed to replicate it on the field. Let us take a look at the top 5 Talented Flops of Cricket.
Rohit Sharma is the only name where both Talent and Flop Co-exist mutually. Considered as the replacement for Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma failed to perform consistently. In the past year, he was brilliant as an Opener in ODI’s and is yet to prove himself for a Test Spot overseas.
Mohammad Ashraful’s Century against Austalia at Cardiff is regarded as one of the most memorable moment of Bangladesh’s cricket History. The Bangladeshi wonder Kid who made his debut for the National Team at a tender age of 16 had an outstanding debut as he scored a fighting 114 against the Sri Lankan side that had Muttiah Muralitharan in full flow on a turning wicket in Colombo. He had several brilliant performances in the following years and lost his form in after few years, changed his batting technique, dropped out of the side, involved in BPL match fixing which saw his career coming to an end before he turned 30. Certainly he is a big loss for the Bangladesh Cricket Team.
Umar Akmal showed the World what he is capable of in the 2008 Under 19 World Cup and had the potential to replace Inzamam-ul-Haq in the Pakistan middle order. He was called into the Pakistani National Team when he was just 19 years old and scored a century in only his third ODI and in his Test Debut at Dunedin a month later, he managed to score 129 when no other batsmen managed to score 30 against a Kiwi bowling attack that had Daniel Vettori at his peak and Shane Bond at his best. He got starts consistently and he failed to convert them into big knocks time and time again. He had the habit of playing needless shorts at crucial situations and that costed him his place in the Test Side. He was dropped from the ODI side as well and was later brought in at the expense of his brother Kamran Akmal as a WicketKeeper-Batsman.
41,000+ runs, 136 Centuries and 158 fifties. This is what Graeme Hick achieved in his First Class Career. The Zimbabwean born batsman was touted as the next batting Super Star for the England National Team. But to their misfortunes, Hick turned out to be a flop for the Poms. He failed to reproduce his First Class heroics in the International Arena and managed just 6 centuries in 114 innings. He had an average of just over 31 in Test matches when his FC average is over 52. Even in ODI’s, he flopped for England.
Aussie Speedster Shaun Tait who was considered as the next big thing in World Cricket during the 2007 Cricket World Cup in West Indies disappeared quickly as he failed to live up to the expectations of the fans and selectors. He had tons of talent in him and can easily bowl deliveries at 90 mph consistently. But injuries in his tennis elbow and knees ruined his career. He started missing his line and length too often and was in and out of the Aussie National Team off late. Out of nowhere, Tait started leaking runs and after a poor 2011 Cricket World Cup, he called it a day in One Day Matches and soon after, he retired from Twenty20’s as well. Currently, he is playing domestic T20 cricket where he continues to leak runs.