The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ended two weeks ago with the pioneers of the game of cricket lifting the trophy for the first time. The fans across the world were taken by storm in the nail-biting finish to the flagship cricketing event. The tournament witnessed a few magnificent performances from some fresh faces who announced their arrival on the international stage in a splendid manner.
These players stood up to the occasion and proved their mettle when their team needed the most. Extraordinary performances in the World Cup are the best way to showcase your talent to the world. Few players showed their prowess and made the people all over the world take notice of their skills.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises must have taken note of these performances in the World Cup and will surely be considering to boost up their squads by acquiring the services of these players.
Here is a list of 5 players from the 2019 World Cup who can get an IPL bid in the next season:
1. Alex Carey
Alex Carey. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Alex Carey is by far one of the best talents discovered in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Coming into the competition, he was considered as the only weak link in the power-packed Australian batting line-up. Little did anyone know that Carey would end up as one of the finds of the tournament.
Carey proved to be a more than useful finisher for Australia. He also bailed them out of tricky situations many times when the top order crumbled. The highlight of his performance came in the match against India where he completed his fifty in just 25 deliveries and silenced his critics. He also showed nerves of steel to keep playing in the semi-final despite getting hit on his chin off Jofra Archer’s bouncer and managed to score 46 runs.
Carey scored 375 runs in 10 matches with an average of 62.5 in this World Cup and was the 4th highest run-scorer for the Australian side behind David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. He also affected 20 dismissals in the World Cup and was the second most successful wicket-keeper after New Zealand’s Tom Latham. It is needless to say that he will be a great asset for any team which ropes him in for the next IPL.
2. Mohammad Saifuddin
Mohammad Saifuddin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The fast bowling all-rounder from Bangladesh was one of the few bright spots for his team in this World Cup. He came in with a mediocre reputation and was remembered as the bowler who was hit for five sixes in a row by David Miller en route to the joint-fastest T20I century.
However, Saifuddin made a remarkable turnaround in this World Cup. He scalped 13 wickets at an average of 32.07 and an economy of 7.18. He was particularly useful at the death with his yorker and formed a good combination with Mustafizur Rahman. He was also effective with the bat. His best performance came against India where he completed his fifty in only 37 deliveries and gave a scare to the eventual semi-finalists.
Saifuddin’s ability to dish out a variety of deliveries in the death overs and tonk the ball down the order will aid any team he plays for in the IPL. There is a fair enough chance that he becomes a known face in the IPL in the coming years much like Shakib Al Hasan.
3. Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
A muscular Jamaican with an awkward angle of bowling, Sheldon Cottrell made headlines for himself in this World Cup with his unique celebration. In a line-up filled with fast bowlers up to the brim, Cottrell was the only bowler who could trouble the opposition in the beginning as well as at the death. He was the only bowler along with the veteran Kemar Roach who didn’t rely only on short balls to take wickets.
With a slingy action, Cottrell caused problems for the batsmen every now and then. Cottrell scalped 12 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 32.66 and an economy of 5.85. He was also exceptional in the field. His stunning catch to dismiss Steve Smith in the match against Australia won him numerous praises for his electric fielding.
Cottrell played an important role for his team by picking wickets early in the innings and stopping the flow of runs in the end. He is a decent bet to have in the team and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if one of the franchises bid for him in the IPL auction.
4. Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
Not many would’ve expected the South African team to be humiliated the way they were in the 2019 World Cup. Their batting lacked spice and the bowlers could hardly make up for it. The injuries to key bowlers only added to their agony. The only beacon of light in their miserable campaign was the form of their middle-order batsman, Rassie van der Dussen.
Having the reputation of an explosive batsman, Rassie showed maturity and temperament in all his innings throughout the World Cup. He anchored the innings in the middle-overs and cut loose at the end. His partnership with Faf du Plessis in the last league match against Australia (where he scored 95 of 97 deliveries) was the only reason South Africa managed to save their pride by defeating the five-time World Champions.
He scored 311 runs with a healthy average of 62.2 and at a strike rate of 90.4 emerging as the second-highest run-scorer for his team. He hogged the limelight in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League and is a brilliant T20 batsman as well. IPL franchises will surely be looking forward to getting him in order to strengthen their batting come the next season.
5. Avishka Fernando
Avishka Fernando. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The 21-year-old batsman from the Island nation, who was introduced to the international cricket without having played a single first-class or List-A game turned out to be the best batsman for his side. His 104 from 103 deliveries in his 3rd match of the World Cup was instrumental in ensuring a victory over the Caribbean team. In the four matches he played, he scored 203 runs with an excellent strike-rate of 105.72. Despite playing just 4 matches, he was the 4th highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka after Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne.
Avishka Fernando‘s arrival to the playing XI completely changed the Sri Lankan batting dynamics. He attacked the opposition bowlers from the word go to put them on the backfoot. After his inclusion in the playing XI, Sri Lanka won 2 of their 4 games including an upset over England.
Avishka has carried on his good work after the tournament as well and played a match-winning knock for his team against Bangladesh in the second ODI. His aggressive batting suits the T20 format and it will be no surprise if he rakes in a few crores in the next IPL auction.
~Written by Sanjam Singh Arora
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