CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019; KEY PLAYERS WHO CAN MAKE DIFFERENCE
Cricket world cup 2019, will kick off from May 30, in which ten teams will be vying to clinch the trophy of the mega event. Till the final of the competition which is to be played on July 14, 150 cricketers will be seen in action, provided all the players are given opportunity to play. There are some players in every team which are considered as key players and can turn the table on any given day with their performance.
Babar Azam of Pakistan can play, due to his great form, very vital role for his team as he is considered as the back bone of the team. He is ranked 7th among the ICC top 100 ODI batsman averaging 51.67 in 64 matches. Babar Azam bats comfortably against fast bowlers and spinners and have ability to score runs at a rapid pace. On a given day due to sound technique he can rip apart any bowling. Pakistan will be looking for a consistence performance from Bazar Azam.
Wahab Riaz last moment surprise inclusion in the Pakistan team, must justify his Inclusion in the squad. Not only the selectors but many cricket experts believe that Wahab Riaz will be the key player and will be the leading fast bowler of Pakistan. In 79 matches he claimed 102 wickets with an average of 34.34. His ability to reverse swing, frequently bowls around 90 mph makes him a dangerous bowler for any opposite side. He has not played any international cricket due to his injury, is expected to perform well.
Virat Kohli with aggressive approach to lead, has to play a sheet anchors role if India is to perform well in the World Cup. Kohli, 30, in 227 ODI’s has scored 10,843 runs is recognized as leading batsman of the world. With 41 ODI’s hundred Virat Kohli will hold the key to India’s chances in world cup.
Jasprit Bumrah remains the main bowler for India who can trouble the opposition with his unorthodox and awkward bowling action. Bumrah specializes in bowling in-swinging yorker deliveries, jogs and bowls with a very short run up. He bowls at a speed of 90 to 93 mph, in 49 matches he took 85 wickets with an average of 22.15.
Jayson Roy, South African born, England’s opening batsman will be one of the key player for his side due to attacking and adventurous approach during innings. Roy plays with tremendous confidence and ease makes bowling very ordinary when in touch. Jayson Roy, 28, accomplished as great stroke maker scored 2938 runs averaging 40.80 in 76 ODI appearances.
Jofra Archer age 24 was selected despite not included in the initial England squad due to his performance for Sussex. Barbados born, Jofra Archer was noticed by the English selectors for his good run up, ability to swing the ball, dangerous and fiery speed will be crucial bowler for England. Andrew Flintoff, former English fast bowler, said he would drop any one from the squad to include right arm fast bowler Jofra Archer.
David Warner opening batsman of Australia has to play a significant role if Australia has to win the world cup. David Warner is the only cricketer in 132 years to be selected for national team in any format without any experience in first class cricket. He is known for his aggressive left handed batting style. Warner mainly plays on the off side, will be crucial for Australian hope to retain the cup. He scored 4,343 runs, with an average of 43.43 in 106 ODI’s matches.
Pat Cummins, nick name Cummo, Australian fast bowler and capable lower order batsman is considered no 1 Australian cricketer. Cummins who is 6 feet and 4 inches is fast bowler with amazing bowling action will be threat to any batting side. In 48 ODI’s he took 82 wickets.
Chris Gayle at 39 still has the potential and power as batsman who can switch the match In just 2 to 3 overs in favour of West Indies. As a hard hitting batsman Gayle sets the tempo of the West Indian batting. Gayle has huge experience of ODI matches, he played 289 ODI’s scoring 10,151 runs with an average of 38.18. He achieved great victories for West Indies and experts are of the opinion that his performance will be equally important in the world cup, 2019.
Kemar Roach right arm fast bowler of West Indies is consistent and ferocious and will be key player of his side. He regularly bowled over 90 mph with the ability to use cross winds to bring the ball back into batsman which is very destructive. In 80 ODI’s Roach took 114 at an average of 29.05.
Kane Williamson opening batsman of New Zealand is attractive and aggressive can devastate any bowling if he gets going. New Zealand banks on his performance as he has the ability to score very rapidly in the first 10 overs. Williamson who has good batting technique scored 5,554 runs at an average of 45.90 in 139 ODI matches.
Tim Southee right arm fast medium bowler and a hard hitting lower order batsman is the key player for New Zealand in the cricket world cup competition. Southee has the ability to move the ball in any condition. With his effective line and length he is known as wicket taker. He took 185 wickets in 139 ODI’s.
Quiton De Kock opening batsman of South Africa. Currently regarded as on of the best wicket keeper batsman in the world. He played in 105 ODI’s scoring 4,596 runs with an 0impressive average of 45.96. De Kock with the skills to attack initial in the innings is quite capable of creating good chances for South Africa in the cricket world cup.
Kagiso Rabada 24 years of age, is South African fast bowler with great potential as he in January 2018 topped the ICC bowling ranking. Rabada is genuine quick and enjoys attacking the batsman. He took 102 wickets at an average of 26.80 in 64 ODI’s.
Angelo Matthews is a very good all rounder, capable of batting at any number experienced in the middle order is a handy medium pace bowler of Sri Lanka. Matthews with his all round performance becomes a very special player for Sri Lanka. He gave all displayed all round performance in 204 ODI’s scoring 5,381 runs and took 114 wickets.
Lasith Malinga still at 35 years of age remains a key bowler for Sri Lanka, can destroy any batting line with his pace. Malinga with his round arm action, unconventional style and dipping Yorkers can trouble any batsman on any pitch. He took 322 wickets in 281 ODI’s averaging 29.03 per wicket.
Tamim Iqbal of Bangla Desh will be the player who can make a difference in the world cup for his team. Tamim opens the innings for Bangla Desh, with experience behind him can give solid opening start with his stroke playing ability and sound technique. In 193 ODI’s Tamim has scored 6,636 runs with a strike rate of 130.
Mustafiz ur Rehman left arm pacer of Bangla Desh has shown his potential as bowler. In 46 ODI’s he captured 83 wickets at an average of 22.27. For Bangla Desh Mustafiz took 5 wickets three times in ODI’s matches.
Hashmatullah Shahidi of Afghanistan, is a batsman with great temperament and can play a very vital role in the middle order. Shahidi batting order rotates between 4 and 5 and he is very comfortable to bat on both positions. He is calm and has the ability to build the innings slowly and at the same time has also the talent to score at a rapid pace.
Rashid Khan the leg spinner of Afghanistan team is the most lethal weapon for his side. The team of Afghanistan have pledged to play inspirational cricket, Rashid Khan is key to full fill the pledge. Rashid Khan became the fastest and youngest bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI’s. In 44 matches he took 100 wickets breaking the previous record of 52 matches achieved by Mitchell Stark of Australia. Rashid has taken 125 wickets in 59 ODI’s at an amazing average of 15.33.