September 22, 2023

2023 ODI World Cup | 5 Fast Bowlers to Watch Out for


The 2023 ODI World Cup will begin on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where England will take on New Zealand. The World Cup opener will feature some top players, primarily pacers like Jofra Archer, Kyle Jamieson, Chris Woakes, and Trent Boult.

This article looks at five fast bowlers to watch out for the upcoming ODI World Cup. We have curated a list, and it has two Indians as well.

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Five Fast Bowlers Who Can Become Dangerman In the 2023 ODI World Cup

There are lots of bowlers who could shine with the ball. We have shortlisted some of them and compiled them into this five-person list.

Jasprit Bumrah:

If fully fit, Jasprit Bumrah will be the key player to watch out for in the multi-nation tournament. Bumah, who is 29 years old, is already called “the Virat Kohli of Bowling” by former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh. And there is a reason for it. He is the most ruthless cricketer in recent times, as the pacer has 121 wickets in 72 ODIs with a strike rate of 31. His career-best figures came against England last year, where he picked 6/19.

Although he had been out on a long injury layoff, he is back in the Indian team, and that too as a skipper for the upcoming Ireland T20Is. It shows the team management has complete faith in his abilities.

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Mohammed Shami:

Shami will be the second-in-command to Bumrah. The pacer is a great deputy for Bumrah since he has got plenty of experience under his belt. Having made his debut way back in 2013, Shami has learned a lot on the job. Not only can he extract sharp bounce from the pitch, but he can also extract seam movement from the new ball.

Despite going through some troubled times in his personal life, circumstances couldn’t get the better of him. Instead, his performance got even better. He has an excellent white ball record to show for himself. He has taken 162 wickets in 90 ODIs with career-best figures of 6/56.

 Jofra Archer:

Like Bumrah, Archer, too, has been sidelined for a long time with injuries. However, the Caribbean-born pacer is expected to feature for England in the World Cup. Unlike his contemporaries, the 28-year-old can generate good bounce through his minimal bowling action.

He first came into the picture during the 2017-18 Big Bash League, where he was the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes. In IPL 2018, he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals. Soon, he played international cricket for England and was picked in the 2019 ODI World Cup, picking up 20 wickets. Archer would eventually go on to win the trophy.

 Shaheen Shah Afridi:

Meet Shaheen Shah Afridi! Shaheen is just 23 and lean, which helped him extract sharp bounce from the wicket. He has been too good with the new ball. Being a left-arm, Afridi creates an angle into the right-hander, swinging the ball sharply into them, often trapping them LBW.

Like some of his other colleagues, Shaheen’s knee has troubled him in the past, because of which he missed the 2022 Asia Cup and a few Test matches at home this year. With 70 wickets in 36 matches, his ODI record looks solid. He will be keen to live up to the hype and help Pakistan win their first ODI World Cup since 1992.

Kagiso Rabada:

Rabada made one of the stellar debuts in ODI cricket. He took six wickets against Bangladesh in Mirpur. By 2019, he was one of the best in the business. The South African has an orthodox bowling action, yet his follow-through can generate so much speed.

In 89 ODIs, he has 137 wickets with an excellent strike rate of 27.94. He can be ruthless when bowling yorkers with the new ball. Also, he can get sharp seam and swing movement with the new ball, which makes him more dangerous. The Proteas’ hopes in the 2023 World Cup are pinned on the 28-year-old.

Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj, Taskin Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Naseem Shah, etc., are other exciting fast bowlers to watch out for in the upcoming World Cup. Also, we have ignored some Aussie names like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Both can be excellent in the death overs.

Concluding Thoughts

The upcoming ODI World Cup is going to be a cracker-jacker of a tournament. In batting-friendly conditions, these bowlers will have their task cut out.

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