Anish AgrawalSeptember 15, 20233min0

The Showstoppers: Five Players to Watch Out for in the 2023 ODI World Cup

5 Players who will be in spotlight during ODI World Cup

The 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket ODI World Cup, scheduled to captivate fans between 5th October and 19th November 2023, is set to be an exhilarating affair. With the finest teams competing in India and the final slated at the magnificent Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the stage is all set for a cricketing carnival.

As the fervor builds, all eyes will be on some of the sport’s brightest stars. Here, we spotlight five of the players who are primed to set the tournament alight.

1. Shaheen Afridi – Pakistan’s Pace Spearhead

Arguably the most devastating pacer in the current ODI landscape, Afridi’s consistency and swing make him a batsman’s nightmare. With a jaw-dropping 21 wickets from 10 ODIs this year at a miserly economy, Afridi is expected to lead Pakistan’s bowling charge. His dual ability to move the ball keeps batters guessing, and his presence enhances Pakistan’s title aspirations.

2. Cameron Green – Australia’s Towering Talent

A beacon of hope for Australian cricket, Green blends elegance with power while wielding the willow. But his dual prowess, with the ball too, amplifies his significance. His height aids him in extracting extra bounce, making him a versatile asset for the Aussies. As a budding all-rounder, Green is poised to make a considerable impact on the World Cup stage.

3. Ben Stokes – England’s Maverick Returns

England’s talisman, Ben Stokes, is a game-changer. Known for his audacious style and ability to conjure magic from impossible situations, his return after reversing his retirement decision makes him one of the most anticipated attractions. Stokes has the ability to tilt the balance in England’s favor, and fans eagerly await his exploits.

4. Virat Kohli – India’s Batting Beacon

The poster boy of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli’s importance to India’s batting order is indisputable. His records in 2023, with an average nearing 48 and a strike rate touching 115, emphasize his form. Kohli’s technique, class, and unparalleled passion will be pivotal in India’s quest for the coveted trophy.

5. Babar Azam – Pakistan’s Captain Marvel

Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, is a batsman par excellence. His transition across formats, with a fluidity that belies the complexities of the game, makes him a stand-out player. In the current ODI season, Babar’s consistency has seen him accumulate over 700 runs. His leadership, batting brilliance, and grace under pressure will be elemental for Pakistan’s campaign.

Anish Agrawal

Hi, I am Anish Agrawal and I am the lead cricket journalist for Cricnews. I have been a sports journalist for the past 7 years and have experience covering all major cricket tournaments. My favourite tournament is the IPL and I am a big supporter of the Mumbai Indians.

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