Keep an eye on these five bowlers in the upcoming 2023 Cricket World Cup

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Keep an eye on these five bowlers in the upcoming 2023 Cricket World Cup

MARK WOOD (ENGLAND) Mark Wood, renowned for his blistering pace, played a pivotal role in England’s 2019 World Cup triumph, claiming 18 wickets. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered his ODI appearances since 2020. Nevertheless, his stellar performance in test cricket this year, with 14 wickets in three matches, suggests he could be a vital asset for England once again in the 50-overs format.

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ADAM ZAMPA (AUSTRALIA) In Australia’s World Cup squad, Adam Zampa is the lone specialist spinner. His recent record includes 45 wickets in 50-over cricket since the start of 2022, playing a crucial part in Australia’s ODI series win against India in March. Although he had an expensive spell against South Africa last month, the 31-year-old rebounded impressively, taking six wickets in his last three matches leading up to the World Cup.

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SHAHEEN AFRIDI (PAKISTAN) Shaheen Afridi, following a knee injury during the last year’s T20 World Cup final, was absent from Pakistan’s white-ball cricket for several months, returning to the squad in April. Since his return, he has picked up 24 wickets in 12 matches, delivering a devastating four-wicket performance against India at the Asia Cup, dismissing both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

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MATHEESHA PATHIRANA (SRI LANKA) Matheesha Pathirana has had a remarkable year since his ODI debut for Sri Lanka in June, claiming 15 wickets in 10 matches. The 20-year-old’s unique round-arm action, reminiscent of Lasith Malinga but with an even lower release point, made waves at the Asia Cup where he led the wicket charts with 11 scalps. His experience in India, where he took 19 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL title-winning campaign, adds to his promise.

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KULDEEP YADAV (INDIA) India’s bowling arsenal is formidable, yet Kuldeep Yadav, the wrist spinner, could be a game-changer for the hosts. With 33 wickets in 50-over cricket this year, the 28-year-old’s economical bowling applies immense pressure on batsmen. He was named Player of the Series at the Asia Cup, boasting an economy rate of 3.61 and an average of 11.44, despite other bowlers taking more wickets than his nine in the tournament.

Reference

https://gulfnews.com/photos/sports/five-bowlers-to-watch-at-the-2023-cricket-world-cup-1.1696332146535?slide=1

https://www.reuters.com/sports/cricket/five-bowlers-watch-2023-world-cup-2023-10-03/

https://www.cricketworld.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-5-bowlers-to-look-out-for/90046.htm

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