While the entire cricket fraternity eagerly awaits the most prestigious tournament, let’s look at the players who are considered as the back bone or wild cards of every team. With the ability to bat as well as bowl, these players provide the depth in the playing XI.
- MITCHELL SANTNER:
The New Zealander has been one of the most consistent players in the squad off late. The left-arm spinner has proven himself time again not only by his economical and wicket taking spells but also by his big knocks down the order. His ability to use the long handle effective during the death overs make him one of the key players.
- BEN STOKES:
The English all-rounder in one of the most complete player in modern day cricket. He can bat at number 4, he can bowl his quota of 10 overs and he can even field in long on and long off. With his extravagant ability with the bat and ball he is the one who can bring the cup home this world cup. He was also the highest paid overseas players in 2018 Indian Premier league with a whopping 11.7 million Euros (kaching!!).
- HARDIK PANDYA:
The Indian all-rounder has become the most trusted player in the squad at the mere age of 24. With his power-packed batting ability in the middle order and crucial opening spells with the new ball has given team India a new ‘avatar’. He has been the missing part of the puzzle which Indian team were searching for ages. Recovering from the back injury for now, the energetic talisman must be raring to go and will be one of the players to watch out for this Cricket world cup.
- SHAKIB AL HASAN:
The Bangladeshi all-rounder has been around over a decade now and has improved his game with every passing year. He has proven his mettle against the best teams in the world and is highly respected by the cricketing fraternity. He has been a mainstream batsman and the wicket-taker for his team since last four Cricket World Cup.
- RASHID KHAN:
The young kid on the block has become a sensation and hot favourite among the cricket fans. He is currently the number 1 all-around according to ICC ratings. The 19-year old player also became fastest bowler to take first 50 wickets in T20s in terms of time. He has been praised by greatest such as Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne for his incredible performances. He is really good with the bat and has played crucial knocks down the order. His attacking brand of cricket makes him a key member of the Afghanistan cricket team.
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