Fantasy Cricket: Top five all-rounders of the 2019 World Cup

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ICC World Cup 2019 All-rounders

The tribe of all-rounders is a rare one in World cricket. There are very few genuine ones to find, but every side needs at least. They can win the match on their own and turn the results on its head. We believe they are primed to be the difference in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

You may have already looked at our other articles in the lead up: top five batsmen of the 2019 World Cup, top five bowlers of the 2019 World Cup and top five keepers of the 2019 World Cup. Time now to let you out our top five all-rounder picks.

Ben Stokes

Can the talisman deliver the World Cup to the hosts?

A key player for England, Stokes can walk into the side. The talisman averages 37.58 with the bat at a SR of 94.1 in 84 ODIs. On the other hand, he has 63 wickets also.

Stokes comes with a unique proposition, though. Whenever the chips are down for England, the all-rounder manages to lift the side. Be it with the ball, the bat or in the field Stokes is such a vital player. Any hopes they harbor of lifting the title depend a lot on Stokes’ form through the World Cup.

Marcus Stoinis

A fiery Stoinis will be up for any challenge.

One of the fierce competitors of modern game, Stoinis can be a handful with both the bat and ball. Like his 146* against New Zealand in his second ODI or his recent role as a floater, Stoinis can be an excellent fantasy pick.

Not just that, the all-rounder offers Australia a death-bowling option. He has just 26 wickets to his name in 33 ODIs, but Stoinis can be a dark horse in this list of all-rounders.

Shakib Al Hasan

If he stays fit, Shakib remains Bangladesh’s best batsman and bowler

Inarguably the best all-rounder in the ODI format and the best player in the Bangladesh side. In 198 ODIs he averages 35.51 and has 5, 717 runs to his name, while taking 249 wickets at an average of less than 30.

The left-arm spinner slots in the top-order, and should get a lot of opportunities to score. Even with the ball, Shakib gets to bowl at crucial junctures. The only worry for Bangladesh is Shakib’s fitness. If he can stay clear of injuries, the Tigers can dream big.

Andre Russell

The flamboyant Russell can be the difference for the Windies

The swashbuckler who has missed a lot of ODIs over the past two years, Windies’ Andre Russell has shown his aggressive striking in the IPL. The 31-year-old averages 28.51 in 52 ODIs, but at a staggering SR of 130.46.

His fitness will be a problem, as Russell has a history of breaking down. Should he stay fit and continue the same level of hitting as in the IPL, the Windies can be a dangerous team to face.

Hardik Pandya

Pandya is crucial to India’s team balance

Not one of the first names that come to your mind, but Pandya can be the surprise package of this World Cup. Like he has shown in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017, Pandya can be a handful with the bat.

His bowling still remains a work in progress at best, but with 14 wickets from the IPL, there are signs that he is improving on that front. With India sure to play him in all the games, Pandya can be a good choice for your fantasy side.

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