The WORST XI of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is the team which forms with the players among all the teams in quarter-finals who performed far below to their expectations & turned to be burden to their sides. It is just to point out the failure players, so far in the tournament.

Here is the Worst XI of 2015 World Cup:

1. Quinton de Kock (Wicket Keeper):

Innings: 6, Runs: 131, Best: 78*, Average: 21.83, Strike Rate: 82.91

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock miserably failed to reach his standards. De Kock scored just 53 runs in 6 matches at an average of 8.83. He managed to get past 20 mark only once that too against UAE, where he managed 26 with a great struggle.

2. Dwayne Smith:

Innings: 6, Runs: 93, Best: 31, Average: 15.50, Strike Rate: 80.17

Wickets: 1, Best: 1/22, Average: 27, Economy: 3.85, Strike Rate: 42

West Indian batsman, Dwayne Smith who had served well to his IPL teams at the top, has struggled to get going for the country. Smith has just 93 runs in 6 matches in this tourney at a strike rate of 80.17 and an average of 15.50.

3. Nasir Jamshed:

Innings: 3, Runs: 5, Best: 4, Average: 1.66, Strike Rate: 21.73

Easily, Nasir Jamshed is the worst performer of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. His stats suggest that he scored 5 runs at a worse average of 1.67 blocking Sarfraz Ahmed’s spot in the Pakistan team. Also, he failed to grab a few catches in the field.

4. Garry Ballance:

Innings: 4, Runs: 36, Best: 10, Average: 9.00, Strike Rate: 50.70

Got selected as replacement of Kevin Pietersen for England’s World Cup 2015 side, Garry Ballance turned out to be a disaster. Ballance managed to score just 36 runs in the 4 matches at an average of 9.00, effecting his side’s chances of qualifying to next stage.

5. Eoin Morgan (Stand in Captain):

Innings: 5, Runs: 90, Best: 46, Average: 18, Strike Rate: 64.74

“They say the captain goes down with the ship”. Similarly, Eoin Morgan’s performances went down like his team’s performances. Easily, he was worst performed captain of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Morgan, who was expected to be the backbone of his side’ batting unit, managed just 90 runs in 5 matches at a poor average of 18.

6. Luke Ronchi:

Innings: 5, Runs: 65, Best: 29*, Average: 13, Strike Rate: 127.45

New Zealand’s wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi managed 56 runs in the four outings. Leaving out his unbeaten 29 in first game, he kept throwing his wicket away during the chase when his team needed him to stay, only to build up the pressure.

7. Kevin O’Brien:

Innings: 6, Runs: 131, Best: 50, Average: 21.83, Strike Rate: 100, Fifties: 1

Wickets: 6, Best: 2/61, Average: 68, Economy: 8.18, Strike Rate: 49.8

Highly rated destructive batsman of Ireland’s batting unit, Kevin O’Brien failed to make any significant contribution with the bat. O’Brien, managed to score only 131 runs in 6 matches at an average of 21.83. His only contribution was against UAE, where he scored a quick fire fifty.

Even with the ball, he conceded a lot. Despite of picking up 6 wickets, he conceded a rate of 8.81 per over.

8. Shahid Afridi:

Innings: 6, Runs: 93, Best: 28, Average: 23.20, Strike Rate: 133.33

Wickets: 2, Best: 2/35, Average: 141.00, Economy: 4.94, Strike Rate: 159

Shahid Afridi is one of the most senior players of World Cup in 2015, but had a disastrous tournament. Afridi neither scored runs, nor picked up wickets. He could score just 93 runs in the 5 innings he batted and found difficulty for picking up 2 wickets with the ball.

His performance with the ball was so terrible to explain that even a part-timer, AB de Villiers, managed to pick double the wickets in the half the overs Afridi bowled.

9. Ravindra Jadeja:

Innings: 4, Runs: 41, Best: , Average: 13.66, Strike Rate: 56.25

Wickets: 9, Best: 2/23, Average: 33.44, Economy: 5.32, Strike Rate: 41.7

18 runs at an average of 6 and 7 wickets while conceding at a rate of 5.2. The stats of India’s spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was supposed to lead them. His performance was the most concerned thing for India so far.

10. Stuart Broad:

Wickets: 4, Best: 2/66, Average: 63.5, Economy: 5.31, Strike Rate: 71

Broad had a forgettable World Cup personally as he managed to pick up just 4 wickets at an average of 63.5. Easily, 4 wickets in 6 matches is very poor for an England’s best strike bowler in the conditions where the bowlers are expected to do well.

11. Kemar Roach:

Wickets: 1, Best: 1/41, Average: 150, Economy: 6.81, Strike Rate: 132

Kemar Roach found very difficult to pick his 2nd wicket in this world cup even after player 3 games. He might end up this tournament with just a wicket at an average of 150.

12th Man James Anderson:

Wickets: 5, Best: 2/30, Average: 49, Economy: 5.32, Strike Rate: 55.2

Anderson can stay happy after his performance in World Cup after realizing that he could manage just to betray only Stuart Broad. Jimmy managed to pick one more wicket than Broad at an average of 49 and has been a huge disappointment. 


Despite of his decent performances with the bat, Michael Clarke, the Australian Captain has been named as the captain of this worst XI, strictly based on his woeful decisions so far. His inclusion in the Australian XI led to dropping of a better deal than him, George Bailey for own cause. Bailey, who scored a fifty and led the side to victory against England, was asked to sit out for making way.

He preferred to open the innings against Scotland when rain was around the corner, which could have ended up affecting the result of the game. His reason for opening was to gain some momentum before knock outs but it could have affected their position in the points table, pulling them to play New Zealand in Semis, a tough task looking at present situations. It could be harsh to say, but with his self-obsessed attitude, Clarke can cost his team the trophy.

Also, Clarke will be benched captain of this team. If you haven’t realized earlier that Eoin Morgan was been chosen as Stand in captain, you can scroll up and check it out again. Isn’t it harsh to choose Morgan as main captain for a side which contains 4 players from his side itself?

Hence, Morgan is named as Stand in captain as Michael Clarke will be the leader of this ship who has got used up to sit out in near past.



    Cricket Statistician and Journalist. Love to churn out facts and stats. Member of the Society of Cricket Statisticians of India (SCSI).

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