Ben ArmfieldOctober 4, 20236min0

Player Battles to Watch Out in ODI World Cup

5 Player Battles to Watch out in ODI World Cup

Player battles in cricket add an electrifying dimension to the sport, infusing excitement and intensity into the game. These clashes are not just about the physical contest between bat and ball but also a psychological battle between individuals striving for supremacy.

One of the most iconic player battles in cricket history has been the rivalry between Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. Whenever they faced off, it was a contest of masterly batting against cunning spin bowling.

The anticipation, the tactical maneuvers, and the sheer talent on display made their duels legendary and etched into cricketing folklore.

ODI World Cup 2023 is here and the excitement is reaching the next level. Considering the quality of players this time, the player battles will be more intense. Here is a list of 5 such player battles that will make things exciting during the World Cup.

1) Virat Kohli vs Harsi Rauf

The rivalry between Virat Kohli and Haris Rauf is one of the most exciting in contemporary cricket. The two players have faced each other on several occasions, with Kohli often getting the better of Rauf. One of the most memorable encounters between Kohli and Rauf came in the 2022 T20 World Cup when India and Pakistan met in a high-stakes match.

Rauf bowled brilliantly, dismissing Rohit Sharma & Suryakumar Yadav. However, Kohli came to India’s rescue in the 19th over, hitting Rauf for two consecutive sixes to turn the match on its head. India eventually won the match, and Kohli’s knock was hailed as one of the greatest in T20I history.

2) Rohit Sharma vs Shaheen Afridi

The rivalry between Rohit Sharma and Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the most intriguing in modern cricket. The two players are at the top of their respective games, and their clashes are always highly anticipated. Afridi has the better record against Sharma so far, having dismissed him twice in two innings.

The first time came in the 2021 T20 World Cup when Afridi bowled Sharma with a brilliant inswinging yorker. The second time came in the 2023 Asia Cup when Afridi castled Sharma with an in-swinging delivery. However, Sharma is a world-class batsman, and he will be eager to get the better of Afridi the next time they meet.

3) Ben Stokes vs Josh Hazlewood

Very less cricket fans are talking about the rivalry between Ben Stokes and Josh Hazlewood and that is because they both have not faced each other in the ODI format much. With the return of Ben Stokes in the ODI format, things have gotten exciting in the English camp.

However, Josh Hazlewood is ranked 2 in the ICC rankings and will be eying the wicket of England’s most talented player. England and Australia already have a major rivalry when it comes to international cricket and the presence of Ben Stokes and Josh Hazlewood has made this rivalry more interesting and thrilling.

4) Babar Azam vs Mohammed Siraj

Both Babar Azam and Mohammed Siraj are ranked number 1 in the ICC rankings in their respective departments. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s elegant and prolific batsman, faces off against India’s fiery fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj.

Their intense battles on the pitch have captured the attention of cricket fans worldwide. Azam’s sublime stroke play versus Siraj’s fiery pace and aggression make each encounter a spectacle. These duels not only add drama to the Pakistan-India rivalry but also underline the essence of cricket’s competitiveness.

5) Kane Williamson vs Pat Cummins

The rivalry between Kane Williamson and Pat Cummins is one of the most anticipated in the 2023 ODI World Cup. The two players are captains of their respective teams, New Zealand and Australia, and they are also two of the best players in the world.

Kane is making a comeback to international cricket after recovering from his injury and he is one of the most talented batsmen right now. Cummins is a world-class fast bowler and he is known for his accuracy and consistency, and he is very difficult to score runs against. It will be interesting to see how both players handle the pressure against each other.

Ben Armfield

My name is Ben Armfield and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I have been covering international cricket tournaments as a sports journalist since 2016. I am writing all the international cricket news for Cricnews and know all there is about national teams, players and auctions. I have been following the Big Bash League since I was a child and have been a huge fan of the Melbourne Stars ever since.

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