ICC World Cup 2019: Top allrounders to watch out for
- Shakib Al Hasan will be a vital cog in Bangladesh’s scheme of things in England.
- Andre Russell hit a staggering 52 sixes in the IPL. If he can carry that form into the 50-over World Cup, spectators too will be ducking for cover!
- An aggressive character on the field, Ben Stokes is expected to be a talismanic presence for the hosts.
A look at the six allrounders to watch out for in the ICC World Cup in England.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Just two short of completing 200 ODIs and one short of reaching 250 wickets, Shakib Al Hasan will be a vital cog in Bangladesh’s scheme of things in England. An accurate left-arm spinner with a knack of providing crucial breakthroughs, the new No.1 in the ICC’s allrounders’ chart has a wide repertoire of strokes and can play according to the situation. Bangladesh will draw on his form and experience to make an impact in England.
Andre Russell (West Indies)
He hit a staggering 52 sixes in the IPL. If he can carry that form into the 50-over World Cup, spectators too will be ducking for cover! This will be the third World Cup for the 31-year-old but after having served a oneyear doping ban in 2017, Russell has returned to the cricket ground as a more dangerous and explosive batsman. ‘Dre Russ’ will be donning his team’s colours after almost a year and will be keen to show that he is equally dangerous in the 50-over format.
Hardik Pandya (India)
Injuries and controversies have meant that Hardik Pandya has had a start-stop career. But the World Cup in England could be careerdefining for the Baroda allrounder. His form could be vital to India’s chances. He warmed up for the World Cup with 402 runs from 15 innings in the IPL and picked up 14 wickets. He also displayed his own version of the helicopter shot and will be the ‘finisher’ India might need in the end overs. The youngster has also improved his bowling.
Ben Stokes (England)
An aggressive character on the field, Ben Stokes is expected to be a talismanic presence for the hosts. After the selectors ignored him for the previous edition in Australia, Stokes will be hoping to make a mark in his maiden World Cup. After being suspended for fighting outside a Bristol nightclub, a mellowed Stokes has returned to the England camp, though he hasn’t set the stage on fire yet. He showed glimpses of his old self against Pakistan, though.
Marcus Stoinis (Australia)
In 2017, playing in just his second ODI, Marcus Stoinis produced one of the greatest innings in ODI history by scoring an unbeaten 146 after coming in to bat No.7 against New Zealand. He put on 54 runs for the last wicket with Josh Hazlewood, who didn’t face a ball during the partnership. However, Australia lost the match by six runs. Ever since, Stoinis has batted in multiple spots in the batting order and showed that he has the ability to change games.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
The biggest name to have emerged from Afghanistan cricket, the 20-year-old’s bowling skills often overshadow his batting and fielding exploits. Till recently, he was No.1 in the ICC allrounders’ chart in ODIs until being overthrown by Shakib. He possesses a deadly googly which he judiciously mixes with his leg-breaks. He is as sprightly on the field as he is with the ball. Rashid is a clean hitter too.