The biggest cricketing event, the World Cup is around the corner, And, we have started our outlook with a look at the top five batsmen of the 2019 World Cup. It’s now time for us to look at their counterparts.
Even in this era of consistently high scores, the bowlers play a huge part in an ODI. In fact, the higher the scores go, the bigger is the role of a bowler in the result. For that matter, this World Cup presents a great chance for the best of the best to stamp their mark. Here is the top five list from our stable.
Ranked number one in the ICC ODI bowling rankings, Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers of this generation. His death-over bowling is second to none and the yorker specialist is a very tough bowler to face.
The unconventional wrist movement at the delivery makes Bumrah a rare bowler and a tough one to face. India’s chances of winning the tournament will depend a lot on how well Bumrah will bowl. Both with the new cherry and the old one!
Had it not been for injuries, this young Australian pacer would already have been a World Cup Champion! However, his history of back injuries is behind him now and Cummins is ready to make his mark.
This year in six matches, Cummins has 17 wickets at an average of just 14.29. The unique factor that sets Cummins apart is his ability to stifle the batsmen all the time. As Australia start their quest for a fifth World Cup in six editions, Cummins will be crucial to their chances.
New Zealand often start an ICC tournament as dark horses and the 2019 World Cup is no different. Thankfully for them, in Trent Boult they have one bowler who can walk into any side. He is one of the best with the new cherry, especially when it swings a bit.
At least in the first half of the tournament, the conditions will favour the swing bowler. With an ability to dictate games, Boult will be the key for New Zealand’s chances.
A surprise choice for many, but the wily leg-spinner is a tough cookie. Fastest to 100 ODI wickets, Khan has 123 wickets in 57 ODIs. This shows that the leg-spinner is one of the toughest to face.
What sets Rashid Khan apart is his ability to keep the runs at a minimum and keep the pressure up. His quick googlies and flippers will be a talk of the town as the World Cup starts, making him one of the bowlers to watch.
Easily one of the most exciting young fast bowlers of this generation, the 23-year-old South Africa pacer is on top of his form. The IPL 2019 has seen him take 25 wickets and top the bowling charts. With 106 wickets in 66 ODIs, Rabada has shown that he can be a handful.
For South Africa to have any hopes of beating their ‘World Cup jinx’, they need Rabada in top form. He will get help from Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, but Rabada will be the spearhead for the Proteas.
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