ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 5 players to watch
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The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup begins this week, with the first game being between England vs South Africa at the Oval on Thursday 30th May.
Arguably, for the first time in the history of the Cricket World Cup, England
England’s meteoric rise as the best one day team in the world is in short thanks to the emergence of
The World Cup even has its own song. Drum and bass band Rudimental have teamed up with Canadian singer LORYN for ' Stand By', a song about togetherness and bringing people from all walks of life together through music.
Piers Agett of Rudimental said: "Celebrating our diversity is a key message of the band. Obviously, we've all got different heritages, we're from London, one of the most diverse cities in the world, and we like to celebrate our differences - that's our vibe."
Here are five players who could set this competition alight.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is an individual who very much brought cricket into the 21st Century, with his no-nonsense striking of the ball. The West Indian has only recently returned to the ODI set-up, announcing that the World Cup would be his final one-day tournament. He returned to the fold in style scoring 424 runs against the tournament
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2. Shimron HetmyerAnother West Indian, Shimron Hetmyer is number two on my list. A relative newbie on the international scene having only played 16 ODIs his short career to date, he has been nothing short of outstanding. Like his compatriot, Chris Gayle, he has the ability to toy with the bowling attacks, with pure power as well as a degree of finesse. In the recent ODI series, he scored the quickest West Indian Century against England. If both him and Chris Gayle are firing on all cylinders the West Indies are going to be a formidable force.
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3. Babar Azam
Babar Azam is one of the most gifted white ball batsmen in the world at the moment, being a record breaker in both T20s and ODIs. He holds some notable records in the one day game such as being the Only ODI batsman to score five consecutive centuries in one country, in addition to being the second youngest player to score three consecutive centuries. As an opening
Babar Azam's ODI record since the start of 2016. Only three players have scored more than his nine centuries in that time period. pic.twitter.com/1rVILnXqaf— ICC (@ICC) May 20, 2019
4. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah will be one of the star bowlers of the tournament. A lot of the focus on the Indian team
5. Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer is the newest addition to the English International Setup, with his call-up causing debate throughout the English game. Is it arguably one of the most exciting players in world cricket at the moment; England are lucky to possess another player with the x-factor that for many years they were short of. Archer has the ability to win games single-handedly, whether that be nonchalantly bowling yorkers at speeds over 90 mph or his clean striking of the ball when batting. It would be no surprise to me if Archer finds himself within the leading
This tournament is going to be exhilarating, and for the first time in many years, any team has the capability of going all the way. Ultimately it is England’s to lose, but stranger things have happened in sport.
The first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, England vs South Africa, takes place at the Oval on Thursday 30th May. Lead Image Credit: Stemoc via Wikimedia Commons