It is harsh when you believe when you realise that the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble never won a World Cup. Even skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni accepted the contribution of these cricketers following India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. However, while such legendary names failed to win a world title, there are few lesser mortals to have won two – or even more world titles for India. Here are the three luckiest Indian cricketers:
1) Yusuf Pathan: He played just the final of the 2007 ICC World T20. Opening the batting in place of the injured Virender Sehwag, Yusuf Pathan did little of note. Nonetheless, his brother’s match-winning performance ensured that India won the inaugural World T20 Trophy. In 2011, he got enough chances, but failed to bring his potential to full use at No 7 in the batting order. Suresh Raina took full advantage of the opportunity provided in the quarter-final clash against Australia leading to Yusuf Pathan’s ouster from the starting line up.
2) Piyush Chawla: He was a part of both the squads – ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC World Cup. Nonetheless, while he didn’t a chance to feature in the former tournament, in the latter his selection came as a huge surprise. Nonetheless after pathetic showing in whatever little opportunity he got, Piyush Chawla wasn’t a part of the Playing XI in the remaining fixtures. Nonetheless, India won both the tournaments.
3) S Sreesanth: Currently, the Kerala speedstar is out of competitive cricket following allegations of his involvement in spot-fixing. However, he can retire happily with two world championship titles under his name – 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC World Cup. While he did a fantastic job in South Africa, his performance was one of the worst by Indians in the 2011 tournament.