Dangerous Bowlers in World Cup 2019: Balling is one of the most intriguing tasks that the game of cricket has borne witness to in its history. Most bowlers are either the spinners or the Yorker specialists who are aimed at nothing but beating their rivals and gaining as many wickets as possible. Balling requires severe practice and is also a matter of training, as much as batting. There are several bowlers that are very much feared by their batting counterparts due to their skills in the task they carry forth. Having strong and dangerous bowlers are an asset to any team that plays cricket in any of its forms.
Top 10 Expected Dangerous Bowlers in World Cup 2019
#1. Umesh Yadav (India)
Being a fast bowler, he has many skills like his regularity in bowling at over 140kph, which moves the ball both ways, and also has a pretty effective bouncer. His qualities helped him take 20 wickets at 14.60 in four games for Vidarbha in his debut during the 2008-09 season. When he made waves in the domestic arena, Umesh really caught the eye during IPL 2010, where he rapt a much wider audience with his pace for the Delhi Daredevils team. He finally got into the big league, when he flew to the West Indies as a standby for the injured Praveen Kumar during the World Twenty20 tournament and made his first enlistment to the India Test team during their tour to South Africa in November the same year. He made the Test XI team for the first time against West Indies in Delhi in November 2011 and collected up to nine wickets in his first two Tests, which got him a place in the Australian tour.
#2. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
A strapping and genuinely quick player who bowls consistently in the 140-150kph range, Kagiso Rabada is the most exhilarating able player to emerge from the South African team in the post No.1 Test ranking years. Before he turned 21, Rabada had already presented himself as a potential leader for any attacks. Rabada pushed himself into the international spotlight during the Under-19 World Cup 2014, where he acquired 6 for 25 against the Australian team in the semi-finals. South Africa went on to win the title which was their first and Rabada concluded as their top wicket-taker.
Rabada also gamed in a home series against New Zealand and was later included on a tour to India where he led the ODI wicket-takers’ charts with Steyn after they both claimed 10 wickets. When Morne Morkel, then Steyn and Vernon Philander, were injured, Rabada got himself a turn to play in three of the four Tests of the same series. On unfriendly pitches, he worked harder and often without payment but showed the stamina needed of a Test bowler.
#3. Liam Plunkett (England)
Liam Plunkett has rediscovered his pace and ambition in like the ones in the English cricket’s story-book retrievals. Plunkett’s return is not completely untroubled when at times his control leaves him and his around-the-wicket strategies didn’t always have the expected menace but he stayed loyal to his coach Jason Gillespie’s methods to keep it simple and bowl fast. He took 18 wickets in four Tests, with his match figure around 9 for 176 against Sri Lanka. He frequently surpassed the usual speeds of 90mph, but England concluded that delicacy and control were missing and hence decided to utilize him solely in white-ball cricket.
Plunkett looked ready for a second crack at international cricket when he was named in England’s squad for their Test series against South Africa, but had to be content with sporadic appearances due to the likes of other stronger players. Subsequently, a mixture of injuries and problems with his action saw Plunkett slip low in the pecking orders at Durham and eventually reached where he is now.
#4. Adam Milne (New Zealand)
An awkward right-arm fast bowler, Adam Milne made his dream first-class debut as an 18-year-old during the 2009-10 season, grabbing a wicket with his second ball and concluding with a 4 for 52 rates against Canterbury. The enlistment out only came because Michael Mason was reckoned to the New Zealand team due to Jacob Oram’s injury. Milne was incorporated in New Zealand’s squad for their Twenty20 game series against Pakistan in December 2010.
They eventually acknowledged the fact that he is a precious resource because of his pace. He also proved that he could push the limits over 150kph and despite his continued problems with injuries, he has a very cautious approach towards his career with limited first-class exposure. From a substantial way out, New Zealand needed him as a part of their 2015 World Cup squad and he was duly slotted in as their third front swift before his tournament was ended by an injury after the quarter-final.
#5. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
A young star bowler in international cricket categorized alongside Kagiso Rabada is India’s Jasprit Bumrah. He announced his entry into cricket when he became a star for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, and since then, he has always presented good games. When he is having a lucky day, opponents are not very happy to face this young Indian despite the fact that he is criticized for his no-ball deliveries. A consistent member of the India A-team, Bumrah was on the edge of national selection till a devastating left knee injury at the end of 2014 affected his performance for four-and-a-half months.
Jasprit Bumrah seized eyeballs first with his unconventional action, and then his bowling skills. Equipped with an irregular, sling-arm action and a natural pace, a strange release point of Bumrah’s deliveries make it hard for batsmen to take him on. Bumrah gained himself a status for owning a weird ability to hit the accurate spot and it was during his time in the IPL that he cultured from the Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga to judiciously use the Yorker technique.
#6. Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
West Indies most recently lost their label of the Land of Pace Bowling and has replaced it by earning the labels of All-Rounders, Big-hitters and the Champs of the Limited Overs. Shannon Gabriel from Trinidad and Tobago proved to be an exceptional case. When West Indies have been relying more on the lines of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard to perform as both bowlers and batsmen, Gabriel has kept himself running with his steady pace bowling which has reshaped the West Indies’ bowling attack to a certain extent.
He was amongst the 15 youngsters who were picked as the first batch at the Sagicor High-Performance Centre when the WICB introduced this enterprise in 2010 and praised his experiences with the improvement in his fitness and technique. The national selectors were watching vigilantly as he won his way into the Test squad touring England in May and when his team-mate Ravi Rampaul was involuntarily out of the side with a neck injury, Gabriel was entitled to make his Test debut at Lord’s.
#7. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Mitchell Starc is a left-handed bowler from New South Wales who has been spearheading the Australian bowling attack alongside Pat Cummins and has helped keep the good reputation up after the era of Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. He is one of the most feared bowlers of his times and he has conquered the international oppositions for Australia as well as for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He is known for his spat with Kieron Pollard in the IPL during the game against Mumbai Indians.
Starc is stealthy and swift enough to make it uncomfortable for his opposition batsmen and has his career’s best match which is of 11 for 94 that came in the notable settings of Galle – albeit in an Australia defeat. He was named the Player of the Tournament, deservingly so, for his 22 victims at 10.18 and his contest was to adopt the white-ball form and perform just as steadily with the red ball. He acquired his 200th Test wicket in his 50th Test in February of 2019 combining with an elite group of Australian bowlers.
#8. Pat Cummins (Australia)
In the rise of Australia’s ball-tampering dishonor, Pat Cummins questionably became the nation’s star in the cricketing realm. He had a match figure of 9 for 141 against South Africa in Johannesburg – the section of his debut as an 18-year-old in 2011, after Australia’s games had fallen on them in Cape Town, and later stood tall in the reconstruction over the next year.
He was missing through the various 2018 winter games due to a back injury but was present when they lost a home Test series against India but he was afterward compensated with the Test vice-captaincy against Sri Lanka. He became the No. 1 ranked Test bowlers in the world and received Australia’s prestigious Allan Border Medal as the 2018-19 cricketer of the year. Flaunted to be a future leader of Australia’s pace attack, he was given a central contract for 2011-12, and successively became the youngest player to be contracted since recent times. Despite his injuries, he continued to be managed as one of Australia’s most valuable assets.
#9. Tymal Mills (England)
Tymal Mills is one of the most hot-headed fast bowlers in English cricket, capable of speeds comfortably above a range of 90mph, but his career reached a crisis in 2015, when he was analyzed with a congenital back condition, his spinal cord and vertebrae are strangely close together and bowling fast very often can disturb his spinal cord. This condition has threatened to consign him as a white-ball bowler in future and he has to alter his training to cope up with this condition for the Twenty20, which is nearing, but neither Mills nor Sussex has given up hopes of his return with an impact. England bestowed him a T20I introduction against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
Yet another left-armed bowler after Starc, Mills might not be one of the biggest bowling names in English cricket currently, but in terms of agility, he is a threat to any player who faces him. This left-armed fast bowler has been steadily performing for Sussex in previous years and is going to be a part of England’s key bowling arrangement in the World Cup 2019.
#10. Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
It would be a shame if this list of dangerous bowlers in the world wouldn’t contain a single name from the nation that has bragged of having the best bowling attack in the world for decades, that is, Pakistan. Wahab Riaz is in the top of our list for his aggressive pace bowling which has been Pakistan’s lethal weapon in international cricket for the past few years. Riaz entered into the spotlight when he ruined the Australian batting setup in the World Cup Match 2015, particularly against Shane Watson who faced his anger and aggression.
Riaz is a left-arm fast bowler who has the progress to distress the best but has never united it with constancy. He has profited from Pakistan’s chronic bad luck with fast bowlers, with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif absent more than often and with Umar Gul who is very injury-prone, Riaz came into nationwide calling before he perhaps expected. He has had some great moments in international cricket, but constancy has never been one of his strongest suits.
These men are considered as the best in what they do and are henceforth deemed as dangerous. They have risen to this level only due to their sheer determination and talents. The task of being a bowler is carried by them with grace and they take their game very seriously with their aim at only defeating their rivals and defending their own teammates. Being strong assets to their team, they are considered as powerfully threatening by their counterparts and hence they take their defense tactics very seriously. Therefore, bowlers are the best players in a team and also the guardians of their mates.