Nasser Hussain picks his ‘fantastic six’ for WC 2019
Former England captain Nasser Hussain who has been following the game of cricket closely has come up with six names who he thinks will shine at the upcoming World Cup.
Former England legend is expecting some crunch performances from Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan and Jasprit Bumrah. There is no doubt that Kohli is rated as one of the best players of his generation and Jasprit Bumrah is now the world-class bowler across all three formats.
Coming to Kane, who has led New Zealand ever so well since Brendon McCullum’s retirement, he is also one of the most consistent batsmen.
Gayle who looked in sensational touch in the white-ball format of late will hope to tick the flow in his final World Cup. All-rounder Russell who was the major talking point in IPL will be hoping to deliver a huge blow for his team at the world cup.
Afghanistan have nothing to worry about when they have one of the best white-ball spinners in the world, Rashid Khan in their kitty.
When asked which players he expects to be the star at 2019 World Cup, Hussain told Sky Sports, “I think Gayle will want to do something very special.”
“Russell has been out of the West Indies set up but is a fantastic player. Rashid Khan from Afghanistan is one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world. ‘Another top bowler is Bumrah – he absolutely nails his yorkers and death bowling will be key throughout the tournament.
Kane Williamson, that quiet, smiling assassin from New Zealand… he always scores runs. And the greatest player in the world is in town in Virat Kohli.”
Any team on their day can beat you: Hussain
Despite talks that England are favourites to win the World Cup and with giants like five-time World Cup Champions Australia, Hussain says a number of teams can cause upset.
“Anyone on their day can beat you,” he added. ‘Don’t write off Afghanistan and West Indies. ‘England will go into the tournament knowing they have to be good throughout. Make sure you get the points in the bag.
‘They will get through to the knockout stages I think. But then it’s a one-off game and anyone can beat anyone. ‘England’s recent record is phenomenal though and they will be confident,’ he added.