Cricket is a team sport and often an individual’s performance doesn’t hold that much importance if the team fails to win the match. However, there are occasions when players put their stats on priority and forget to think about the team’s cause. This in turn always has a poor reflection putting team after self.
Here, we take a look 5 most selfish innings in ODI cricket:
1. David Warner (CB Series Final, 2012)
In the second final of the CB series against Sri Lanka in 2012, David Warner scored a 140-ball century. Warner, who is one of the most fluent batters in world cricket, his approach was tough to comprehend given skipper Michael Clarke also scored a century in just 91 deliveries. It was due to Warner’s innings that the Aussies could only score 271, a target that was easily chased down by the Sri Lankans with 8 wickets to spare.
2. Jacques Kallis (2007 ODI World Cup)
In the 2007 World Cup fixture between Australia and South Africa, ace all-rounder Jacques Kallis was widely criticised for his slow knock against the mighty Aussies. Chasing 378 for victory, Kallis scored at less than run – a ball and ended up scoring only 48 runs off 63 balls. As a result, the Proteas couldn’t even cross the 300-run mark.
3. Sunil Gavaskar (1975 ODI World Cup)
In one of the slowest knocks of all-time, Sunil Gavaskar played a knock that was beyond justification. In 1975 World Cup against West Indies, the opener scored a merely 36 runs and took 174 balls to reach to his personal score. India was chasing 335 runs in 60 overs and could barely manage to reach at 132 in their 60 overs. Gavaskar was widely criticised for his selfish innings in the inaugural World Cup edition.
4. Ravi Shastri (1992 ODI World Cup)
Ravi Shastri was one of India’s main batters in the 1992 WC. However, in a match against New Zealand, India was backed to chase down a revised target of 236 in 47 overs. While the ‘Men in Blue’ lost the game by a slender margin of 9 runs, it was due to Shastri’s 67-ball 25 that India never saw momentum through their innings.
5. Michael Vandort (VB Series, 2006)
Michael Vandort, the Sri Lankan batsman who could only play a solitary ODI fixture, was targeted with a widespread criticism directed towards him In his debut game against Australia, Vandort scored a 117-ball 48 in hampering the team’s momentum right through the entire innings. Sri Lanka was chasing 319 against Australia and couldn’t even reach anywhere close to the target set the opposition. It was no doubt why the Sri Lankan batsman didn’t manage to don the SL colours even for once after in his entire career.