World Cup 2015: top 10 bowlers to watch out for
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Following is a list of top 10 bowlers who are likely to amaze the entire cricket world by their performances in the coming mega event of ICC Cricket world Cup 2015 – to be played in Australia and New Zealand.
1. Dale Steyn (South Africa) : He is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, bowler in the world at the moment. But according to Sir Vivian Richards and many other cricket pandits, he is being considered the best fast bowler around the world. Per Michael Holding, he is not only the best but also the ‘only’ genuine fast bowler world cricket currently has. This South African speed demon’s bowling is based on pace and aggression. With controlled swing and extreme speed, the 31-year-old now has more than 100 wickets to his name. In this coming World Cup, he has an opportunity to do something special for his team and make it a memorable showing for the Proteas after a long time.
2. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) : Johnson, who used to be called as the next ‘Wasim Akram’ of pace arena at one time, is likely to be one of the biggest threats for even the best of the batsmen in World Cup 2015. Although 2014 didn’t go that great for him in the 50-over formats as he picked up only 14 wickets from his 10 appearances, still he is the one, who, from his team will be key to regaining the world title once again. If the speedster, who is known for consistently bowling over the 140 kmph mark, can overcome his injury cast, will definitely be a tough nut to crack Down Under.
3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) : Not arguably the best cricketer Bangladesh ever produced only, statistically he is the most successful cricketer of current time as well! He has played a major role in the development of the Bangladesh cricket team through his career. And if Bangladesh do something extra ordinary in the world stage, here also Shakib will be the pioneer to their success who will not only surprise the world with his bowling ability, but through his batting and fielding skills as well. With being one of the leading wicket-takers for wherever he has played, let it be for Bangladesh National Team, let it be Kolkata Night Riders or Melbourne Renegades, he has always been among the leading wicket takers. So it’s quite safe to verdict Shakib one of the leading wicket takers of this year’s World Cup as well.
4. Mitchell Starc (Australia) : Another player on whom Team Australia have to depend in their mission to regaining the world title that they lost to India in the last edition of the quadrennial event. Starc produces express pace and swings the ball and has an uncanny ability to pick up early wickets. He has almost two wickets per game in his career to date and his nagging line and length, coupled with the bounce he generates being a tall man, always keeps him in the business whenever pressed into service. He is a specialist in death over bowling and with the variation he has in his hand will always keep his opponent batsmen guessing in the crucial final overs.
5. Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan) : This seven-foot tall giant might be the biggest asset that Pakistan team are taking into the World Cup this year. Out of the six group games that Pakistan play this World Cup, four are in Napier, Brisbane, Christchurch and Auckland. As a result, this fast bowler will be offered with every opportunity of troubling the batsmen if he can deliver the goods, handling his huge body properly. But to do all these, first of all he will have to survive from injuries which will be a bigger challenge for him than bowling to the world class batsmen.
6. Morne Morkel (South Africa) : Another South African who can run amok Down Under. Alongside Steyn, he is the deadly pace bowler for his team. The 1.96cm quick has taken more than 100 wickets in one-day cricket and his performances throughout 2014 showed why he is one to watch in Australia and New Zealand. He has been in the limelight with his identical thriving performances throughout the year 2014, his performance was appreciative against Australia and West Indies in November of last year. All in all, definitely another probable speedster to shake down the best of the batsmen.
7. Sachitra Senanayeke (Sri Lanka) : Second spinner of the list after Shakib! He has every right to grab this spot as he has been in great form of late for why reached a career-high ODI ranking of seven in December, thanks to strong performances through the last 12 months. His unique bowling style as well as his controlled deliveries will help him to ride over the batsmen. It won’t be much of a surprise if he gets into the list of leading wicket takers’ list after the World Cup concludes.
8. James Anderson (England) : Anderson reached as high as No.3 in the ICC ODI bowling rankings in mid-2014 as he continued to tear apart opposition batting line-ups with his pace and swing. He is an outstanding bowler who makes time difficult for the opponent batsmen whenever he comes to bowl. He has been the best player of his team for quite a long time. But as it’s his 4th appearance in the mega event of cricket, being the best among his teammates definitely won’t satisfy him anymore. He will be eyeing to taste the glory of being a part of the world champions. So, beware all! Anderson is coming to strike!
9. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) : He might have been struggling with injuries of late. He might have not been on the highest peak of his career of late. But when it comes about top 10 bowlers in the biggest stage of cricket, you just can’t discard him from the calculation. He is a big-event player who always gets back his form in the bigger platforms. So, Sri Lankans will be hoping him to regain full fitness so that once again he can appear before the batsmen as the biggest threat of their life.
10. Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand) : This young Kiwi has a knack of picking wickets and that too at important stages of the match. Within a short time during his career, he has become the most important person in the Kiwis bowling line-up. He has been doing extraordinary things as he reached the milestone of 50 ODI
wickets in only 23 appearances, thereby becoming the second fastest to the mark along with Ajit Agarkar, only behind Ajantha Mendis. On a day when conditions support swing, this paceman can prove to be a real handful with his pretty special ability to get the ball back in and trouble to any batsman in the world.