The 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup is less than 50 days away, and the cricketing fever has sky-rocketed among fans across the globe. The sides taking part will be announcing their squads for Cricket World Cup in April. For the first time, any team can win the World Cup in England.
A genuine all-rounder certainly plays a huge role in any part of the team’s playing XI. There are undoubtedly many prominent all-rounders in world cricket that will play a significant role in helping their side lifted the coveted prize in the coming World Cup.
Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya, and Shakib Al Hasan are the leading all-rounder in world-cricket at the moment. The trio has certainly made a big impact for their respective teams with contributions in terms of bat and ball.
If England wants to win their maiden World Cup, then Ben Stokes will surely need to have a great tournament with bat and ball.
Here we look at Top 3 All-rounders to watch out for in the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup:
Shakib Al Hasan
He is undoubtedly a world-class performer for Bangladesh over the past decade. Shakib has been a consistent performer with bat and ball for the side across all three formats. Former Bangladesh Captain is currently at second place in the ICC ODI Rankings for All-rounders. He is one of the most experienced players in the one-day setup besides Mashrafe Mortaza and Mushfiqur Rahim.
In one-day cricket, Shakib Al Hasan has scored 5577 runs in 195 matches. Also, he has taken 247 wickets for the side in limited-overs cricket. Left-handed batsman provides stability in the middle-order and can win games of cricket with the bat.
He will certainly enjoy bowling in English conditions and will be looking to provide breakthroughs in the middle overs of the innings. Bangladesh will be hoping that Shakib can deliver the goods with bat and ball.
India’s premier all-rounder has been a consistent performer in limited-overs cricket. He has shown the ability to win games of cricket with bat and ball. He certainly has the potential and charisma to deliver breathtaking performances for India in the coming Cricket World Cup.
Pandya will also be the designated pinch-hitter for India in the upcoming mega event. He certainly can clear the ropes at will and is especially likes to take the attack to slow bowlers.
With an excellent strike rate of 116.58 with the bat, Pandya will certainly be one player to watch out for India in 2019 Cricket World Cup.All-rounder certainly has a knack of picking up wickets with the ball in the middle overs of the innings. He has got the variations to his armory and can bowl a sharp bouncer to outfox the opposition batsman.
He is certainly premier all-rounder in world-cricket at the moment. Stokes can change the complexion of the game with bat and ball. All-rounder has been a consistent performer for England across three formats since the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Ben Stokes likes to play his shots from the outset to put pressure back on the opposition. He will certainly bat at no.5 for England in limited-overs cricket and has delivered excellent performances for the side in the past couple of years.
He is also known as a bowler, who has a habit of picking up crucial wickets for the side in one-day cricket. England will need him to bowl a lot of over at the back end of the innings.
Stokes is currently averaging 37.49 with the bat and has a strike rate of 94.34 in limited-overs cricket. He will need to deliver consistently for England to win the World Cup in front of their home crowds. He certainly is one of the players, who could become player of the competition in this year’s World Cup.