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Bowlers to Watch Out for this Cricket World Cup

Bowlers to watch out for this fantasy cricket world cup 2019

We always have our fan favorites: your Rashid Khans, your Bumrahs, your Pat Cummins, but what if you don’t have the budget? Fortunately, there are some bowlers who probably don’t command the same frenzy as the ones mentioned above, but can bring you huge rewards.

Let’s check the list of bowlers to watch out for this world cup:

1. LUNGI NGIDI from South Africa:


Ngidi will be operating with Rabada and chances are, everyone’s eyes will be on Rabada. Yet, Ngidi might just eclipse his more acclaimed partner. Since the beginning of last year, Ngidi has taken 34 wickets in 18 matches, and has the best strike rate (24.3) for bowlers who have bowled in 10 innings or more.

A possible reason for this might be how the opposition view Rabada as South Africa’s main weapon and therefore are forced to take their chances against Ngidi.

This was also observed in South Africa’s warm up game Srilanka, where Srilanka went after Ngidi early and lost two early wickets to him.

Expect Ngidi to repeat the trick a few more times as the tournament progresses.

2. JOFRA ARCHER from England:

jofra archer Bowlers to watch out world cup 2019

For those unsure whether Jofra can carry his T20 skills to the ODI’s, rest assured. The England management should pat themselves on their back for trusting Jofra to lead their bowling attack when the World Cup begins.

His potency lies in not only the bounce and pace he generates with relative ease, but also the team he finds himself in. England’s gung-ho approach towards ODI cricket means that most teams would have no option but to fight fire with fire, and therefore attack the powerplay overs to take advantage of field restrictions.

This greatly increases his ability to pick wickets. Add to that his usefulness in adding crucial lower order runs, and you have got yourself an essential fantasy pick.

3. SHADAB KHAN from Pakistan:

Shadab-Khan-Bowlers to watch out world cup 2019

This player finds his name in this list because may users would be flirting with the names of Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, amongst others.

While Shadab is a genuine wicket-taking threat (47 wickets in 34 matches), what adds to his allure is his economy rate (4.81), which is simply excellent in today’s batsman dominated era. Also, with Faheem Ashraf out of Pakistan’s squad, Shadab would be expected to make decisive contributions with the bat.

All these factors combine to showcase Shadab as an attractive pick.

4. TRENT BOULT from New Zealand:

trent boult bowlers to watch out for this world cup 2019

If warm-up matches are anything to go by, Trent Boult has to be a serious contender for your fantasy teams.

Boult took 8 wickets in 2 matches (4-fers in both matches), but the interesting aspect was how Boult adapted to different conditions those two matches offered. Against India, Boult utilized early swing and seam movement to get 3 early wickets.

However, West Indies attacked the Kiwi bowlers brutally (Matt Henry conceded over 100 runs in 9 overs). Still, Boult scalped some big wickets, the noteworthy ones being Russell and Gayle.

Bowlers with skills and temperament to out-best class batsmen across different conditions are rare, and Boult is one of them.

Almost everyone will line up with the names mentioned in the beginning of this article. To move ahead, you need to secure yourself a differential; someone who would propel you towards the top of the leaderboards.

Keep an eye open for them; the players mentioned above are a good start.

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