Cricket World cup 2019 is all set to begin in the month of June and we can surely see every team gearing up with their preparations and team combinations in the same regards. On the other side, all the big names in the cricket world are all set to prove their prowess in the biggest stages of the world cricket and whilst their respective teams are yet to announce their squads for the coveted tournament, their preparations have kick-started to dwell in advance.
It is worth mentioning here that the English pitches and conditions aren’t quite the same and a lot has been changed over the years with the conditions and the pitch conditions in the European country. Therefore, teams are still in a puzzling situation with their respective combinations of spinners, pacers and all-rounder in the same context. Still, there are few players which are more or less certain to feature for their country and whilst we said that, let’s take a look at the top 5 players who will be the real game changers for their respective teams in the World cup 2019.
#1 Jasprit Bumrah (India)
You don’t really have to quote much about this No1 bowler in the ODI cricket right now and he certainly would play a crucial role in Team India’s campaign for the upcoming world cup.Moreover, even though the team is heavily reliant on their batting maestros like Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, and others, Jaspreet Bumrah is that one player which has proved himself as the real game changer for the men in blues over the past few months in the International cricket.
Bumrah currently have 85 wickets in his kitty out of the 49 matches he has played in the International cricket but it’s his exceptional ability to deceive the opponent batsman with all the swing and speed which is worth to be mentioned here. Bumrah generally bowls with 140-145 kmph on the speed gun but his skiddy deliveries are almost impossible to pick for most of the batsman even on the flattest of the tracks. Also, with the world cup going to be held in the English conditions, he will certainly be having that upper hand against most of the batsman around and that’s why deserve the tag of being the real game changer for Team India this time around.
#2 Jos butler ( England)
Jos butler might not be having the same consideration under his name an year back but he has delivered some unbelievable performances with bat in the past few months in the International cricket. Well we can surely accredit his form starting from the IPL where he was been promoted by his IPL franchisee up the order and that is where his “ act of demolition” got kick started for the opponents team.
His brilliant run continued in the test cricket as well and he came out to be the standout performer of his team in the longer version of cricket over the past few years. Significantly, his rise in form was something miraculous to watch as he was simply dominating almost every bowler coming to his arc and whilst we all were aware of his impeccable timing and shot making, he has certainly upped his ante in the same regards over the past few months. His recent century against the West indies at their own backyard was been quoted as “ Brutal” by many cricket pundits and if you have a ;look at all the shots that he played in the past few months, you can get a hint of the “undisputed domination” that he is carrying all along with his batting. Hence we can say that he will be the key to England’s performance in the world cup at their own backyard and they will surely be looking to grab their maiden ODI world cup victory this time around.
#3 Usman khawaja( Australia)
Usman Khawaja might sound like an old school player with all the contemporary style and conventional gameplay, but still it’s his ability to adapt to almost every pitch and bowling conditions which makes him a certain threat to most of the team n the International cricket around. Moreover, even though he was struggling with injuries in the past few years, he has simply delivered some of the most notable performances in the world of cricket in the process for the Aussies.
He was the one who scored that magnificent hundred which made Australia to save the test against the Pakistan team in Dubai last year and quite recently, he came out to be the highest scorer in India vs. Australia series which made his team secured an emphatic victory on Indian soil after almost 10 years. Looking at his form and his exceptional skills, we can surely quote him as the game-changing player for the team in yellow and all the Australian fans must be eager to watch him deliver in the English conditions as well for his team.
#4 Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Babar azam is one of the only players from the current lot of batsman who is carrying an average above 50 in the limited over’s cricket and this certainly speaks the story about his success for the Pakistani team in the past few years. It’s not just about his average but an ability to deliver consistently for the team in green which makes him such a big threat to all the opponent bowlers and his performances in the overseas conditions is surely something which needs to be looked at in the same context.
Moreover, whilst the top order of the Pakistani team has delivered in bits and pieces over the past few months, the onus would largely be on his performance in the world cup 2019 which would very well seal the fate of the Pakistani team.
#5 Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Rabada has secured more than 300 wickets for his team in all the three formats and w can surely say that he got to be the key man for the so-called ‘ chokers” of the world cup arena. Moreover, after the retirement of South African mainstay batsman, AB Devilliers, the main spotlight will be on their bowling and whilst Dale Steyn is still working hard to make a comeback into the ODI team, Rabada would be having a big role to play in the whole process.
On the other side, we must also talk about his handy batting skills which often gets unnoticed due to his impeccable bowling and this batsman really got some crucial runs under his belt whenever the South African team found themselves struggling in the batting department. Still, we must say that it will be his accuracy and consistency in bowling which will be the main factor to decide the challenge put forward by the proteas in the world cup 2019.
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