Cricket, often referred to as a religion in India, has witnessed the rise of numerous legendary players who have left an indelible mark on the sport’s history.
Regarding the pinnacle of international cricket, the World Cup stands as the ultimate battleground. While many Indian cricketers have etched their names in World Cup folklore with scintillating centuries, there exists a distinguished group of players who, despite their brilliance, never managed to cross the three-figure mark on this grand stage.
These legendary Indian cricketers may not have registered centuries in World Cup matches, but their contributions to Indian cricket are immeasurable.
Their impact on the game goes beyond statistical achievements, influencing generations of cricketers and leaving an enduring legacy that inspires the cricketing fraternity.
1) Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Krishnamachari Srikkanth, a dynamic Indian cricketer known for his aggressive batting style, never managed to score a century in the ODI World Cup.
Despite being a crucial part of the Indian team during the 1983 World Cup triumph, Srikkanth’s highest score in a World Cup innings was 75 against Australia.
While he may not have reached the coveted three-figure mark in this prestigious tournament, Srikkanth’s contributions and fearless approach at the top of the order played a significant role in India’s historic World Cup victory under Kapil Dev’s captaincy.
He was part of the 1983, 1987, and 1992 tournaments and scored 521 runs in 23 fixtures.
2) Mohammad Azharuddin
Despite being one of India’s most stylish and prolific batsmen, Mohammad Azharuddin never notched up a century in the One Day International (ODI) World Cup.
The former Indian captain, known for his elegant stroke play and captaincy skills, played in multiple World Cups but fell short of the elusive three-figure mark.
Azharuddin’s graceful batting, often marked by wristy elegance, contributed significantly to India’s cricketing legacy. Azhar’s career also witnessed an unexpected ending but the player will go down as one of the best in the books of cricket history.
3) Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu was known for his aggressive approach in ODI cricket but his highest score in a World Cup innings was 93 against West Indies in 1996.
While he might have missed out on the coveted three-figure mark, Sidhu’s impact on the game and his entertaining style endeared him to fans.
His swashbuckling batting at the top of the order added flair to India’s batting lineup, making him a memorable figure in the annals of cricket history.
4) Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was known for his resilient and dependable batting for the Indian cricket team, but surprisingly he never achieved the milestone of scoring a century in the ODI World Cup.
Despite playing pivotal roles in crucial matches, Gambhir’s highest score in a World Cup innings was 97 against Sri Lanka in the 2011 final.
Known for his ability to anchor the innings and perform under pressure, Gambhir’s contributions were instrumental in India’s victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup.
5) MS Dhoni
Surprisingly, one of India’s most iconic cricketing figures, MS Dhoni, never managed to score a century in the ODI World Cup despite his illustrious career.
Dhoni, known for his astute captaincy and finishing prowess, played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup, steering the team with calm authority. His leadership skills and ability to absorb pressure were legendary, evident in the 2011 final when he scored an unbeaten 91 against Sri Lanka.
While a World Cup century eluded him, Dhoni’s impact as a captain, wicketkeeper, and finisher solidified his status as one of India’s greatest cricketing icons, leaving an indelible mark on the sport’s history.