The upcoming 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, set to take place in India, promises to deliver an exhilarating showcase of fast bowlers from around the world. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the tournament, several standout pacers are expected to make a significant impact. Let’s delve into the profiles of the top fast bowlers who are poised to light up the ODI World Cup with their skill and prowess.
- Mitchell Starc (Australia):
- Returning from injury, Starc has already secured nine wickets from four matches this year.
- Renowned as a two-time leading wicket-taker in prior World Cup editions (2015 & 2019).
- Starc’s lethal yorkers and extraordinary speed make him a vital asset in Australia’s bowling arsenal.
- Jasprit Bumrah (India):
- Bumrah is set to play a pivotal role in India’s World Cup campaign on home soil.
- Known for his precision yorkers and pace, Bumrah is a formidable force.
- This marks his second appearance in an ODI World Cup, and his skills are expected to shine brightly in India.
- Mohammed Siraj (India):
- The meteoric rise of Siraj has made him the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world.
- Entering his maiden World Cup, Siraj boasts an impressive track record with 30 wickets in 14 matches this year.
- His standout performance includes career-best figures of 6/21, showcasing his immense potential.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan):
- Afridi is set to make his World Cup debut in India, recognized for his mastery of swing.
- With 24 ODI wickets in just 12 matches in 2023, he has consistently dismantled opposition batting lineups.
- Trent Boult (New Zealand):
- Boult’s return bolsters New Zealand’s World Cup campaign, thanks to his IPL experience in India.
- Despite featuring in only five ODIs this year, Boult has already claimed 10 wickets, demonstrating his knack for taking crucial scalps.
- Haris Rauf (Pakistan):
- Making his ODI World Cup debut, Rauf boasts an impressive tally of 24 wickets in 13 ODIs this year.
- His fiery pace and knack for breaking partnerships make him a valuable asset, especially during the powerplays.
- Pat Cummins (Australia):
- Australian skipper Pat Cummins has a stellar record in ICC tournaments.
- Known for his searing pace and bounce, Cummins, with 126 wickets in 77 ODIs, is expected to excel in India’s challenging bowling conditions.
The 2023 ODI World Cup promises an exciting battle of skills, and these top pacers are set to play pivotal roles in their respective teams’ campaigns. With their deadly yorkers, raw pace, and wicket-taking ability, they are sure to keep cricket fans on the edge of their seats throughout the tournament.
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Source: Times of India