World Cup 2019 – 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in England
With high-scoring pitches on offer at England and Wales, teams carrying the best bowling attack are likely to fetch good results at World Cup 2019.
The World Cup 2019 is expected to witness some high-scoring games given the flat nature of pitches in England and Wales. There are predictions that with bat overpowering the ball, teams will have an opportunity to even put scores of over 400.
Take the example of the ongoing England and Pakistan ODI series. Pakistan became the first team to score three consecutive scores of 340-plus totals in three consecutive matches and England chased them down successfully on all three occasions.
To put it in other words, with conditions conducive to batting, a team with the best bowling unit will have an edge in England and Wales, as teams will have to figure out a way to keep the batsmen quiet and swing the momentum of the game in their favour.
Jasprit Bumrah, India
Hailed as the best bowler in the world in white-ball cricket by legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah will be the mainstay of India’s bowling attack at the 2019 World Cup.
After debuting for India in 2016, Bumrah has picked 185 wickets in total in all three formats of the game and has now taken the top spot among bowlers in ICC ODI rankings.
His unconventional high-arm action, combined with pace, swing, and variations of length have been a discomfort for opposition batsmen.
There would be no harm in calling Bumrah the captain’s go-to-man in under-pressure situations. The 25-year-old proved his worth in the recently concluded IPL 2019 by picking 19 wickets in 16 matches for title winners Mumbai Indians.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan
Pakistan have produced the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who have unleashed mayhem on world’s best batsmen in their time. Continuing that legacy for Pakistan is teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi.
The 19-year-old had been on radar of Pakistan selectors since his U-19 days. After making his debut against Afghanistan just a year back, the lanky left-armer has scalped 19 wickets in 10 ODIs till date with a best showing of 4/38 against New Zealand.
Shaheen Shah Afridi brings with him quality raw pace and could discomfort batsmen with his ability to move the ball .
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur had already predicted that Afridi will be the name to fear in the coming years.
“I have made a prediction that in three years’ time, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be the number one quick bowler in world cricket,” Arthur had once said during a radio commentary.
Oshane Thomas, West Indies
Touted as the next big thing in West Indies cricket, Oshane Thomas grabbed his place in the World Cup squad just a year after his ODI debut in 2018.
In his short international career, Oshane Thomas has become a sensation with his ability to deliver the ball at over 150 kmph. The tall fast bowler has 15 ODI wickets and 5 T20I wickets in his name so far.
Interestingly, the 22-year-old made his ODI and T20I debut both against India and dismissed the powerful opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply on his T20I debut.
In a one-year span, Oshane Thomas has maintained a rich profile to brag off. The West Indian made news during the Caribbean Premier League 2018 by leaving batsmen clueless with his in-swinging yorkers.
Oshane also made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals this year and scalped 4 wickets in the 5 matches he played in.
Kagiso Rabada, South Africa
Kagiso Rabada has been leading the pace attack of South Africa since making his debut for the side in 2015. The lanky pacer announced himself on the world stage with figures of 6/16, including a hat-trick, against Bangaldesh on his ODI debut.
The 23-year-old exhibited his phenomenal form during the IPL 2019 by scalping 25 wickets from 12 matches for Delhi Capitals to become the second highest wicket-taker in the league.
Unfortunately, the South African had to head back home in the latter part of the IPL due to a back niggle, however, the Proteas head coach confirmed that Rabada was ‘on track’ to play the World Cup opener against England on May 30.