It is still early stages in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but we have already seen a few fireworks. There have been some fine display of batting, bowling and fielding so far in the tournament. (Wish we could say the same about umpiring too!) The overcast conditions and the rain interruptions have made it difficult for the players to perform. However, a few have still made their mark. Let’s identify those impact players who make it to our Tata Sky World Cup XI.
If you don’t believe in fairytales, well it’s high time you believe in one now. Disgraced and banned for a year from playing competitive cricket, David Warner has bounced back and how. He announced his arrival in the IPL and won the Orange Cap. He has carried forward the exploits in the ICC Cricket World Cup too. With a century in his fourth game, there is no stopping Warner now.
He is the no. 2 ranked ODI batsman in the world. After tasting captaincy success by winning the Vivo IPL 2019, Rohit Sharma is high on confidence. He wasted no time in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and scored a century in the first match itself against South Africa. He is a power-hitter and sets the tone for the Indian batting lineup.
It is a no brainer that the no.1 ranked ODI batsman will find a spot in the Tata Sky World Cup XI. There is nothing more assuring than to see Virat Kohli walk out to bat after the fall of the first wicket. He not only anchors and paces his innings well, but his stay on the crease breaks the spirit of the opposition too.
The former Australian captain had a one-year ban along with David Warner. If you thought that would result in a fault line in Smith’s batting, then think again. He still times the ball beautifully, pierces the gaps with utmost precision and plays the game with the same passion. What else you need, right? Imagine how cool it will be to have Virat Kohli and Steve Smith bat together.
Be it setting a huge target or chasing one, you can count on Jason Roy. His attacking play immediately puts England on the front foot and the opposition on the back foot. A handy player to have in your side, Roy ensures your team never goes out of a game.
As a bowling side, when you get the wickets of the above batsmen, you still can’t rejoice. For it is Jos Buttler who walks out of the pavilion. Known for his prowess to clear boundaries, expect Buttler to score runs at a brisk rate. A handy wicket-keeper, Buttler was an asset for Rajasthan Royals in the Vivo IPL just as he is one for the English side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’. This seems perfectly apt for Shakib Al Hasan. He is in red hot form in the ICC Cricket World Cup, both with the bat and the bowl. Whoever said Asian players find it tough in the English conditions, meet Shakib Al Hasan.
He has had his share of off-field controversies, but nobody can doubt Hardik Pandya’s commitment on the field. His lean figure is a disguise when you see the ease with which he hits the ball over the ropes. He mixes his pace well to create the element of doubt in the batsmen’s mind when he bowls. A brilliant fielder, expect him to save you at least 20 runs for you. A 360-degree player indeed.
A wrist-spinner is every captain’s delight. Yuzvendra Chahal has far too many tricks up his sleeves to package in just six balls. But he chooses the best of them and catches the batsman off-guard. Rely on him to break a partnership in the middle overs.
His deliveries give a new meaning to the term, blink and miss. Mitchell Starc powers his delivery with a pace around 145kmph. His skill to bowl Yorkers and bouncers at will offers no respite to the batsmen.
A late entry into the Pakistan cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Mohammad Amir is a force to reckon with. His pace, his line, his length has caught the attention of the best batsmen in the world. David Warner and Virat Kohli have heaped huge amount of praises for this left-arm pacer. How’s that for morale booster?