The World Cup fever is ON. 14 Countries are participating in World Cup 2015, which is being played in Australia and New Zealand. With so many records made and broken since India won 2011′s World Cup, we can expect more fire-works this time around.
World Cup 2015 has number of explosive and entertaining players to watch out for, but we have narrowed down the list to the best 10 batsmen, who can surely make wonders and create records which would be difficult to break. Their performance with the bat might ultimately decide their team’s fortune in this World Cup.
Here is our List of top 10 Batsmen to watch out for in World Cup 2015
1. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
AB de Villiers, representing South Africa as Captain, is not less then a magician with the bat. He has played most astonishing innings packed with amazing shots, hard to believe. His most recent sensation was his record breaking knock against West Indies, wherein he made world record of fastest Fifty in 16 Balls and fastest Hundred in 31 balls. He is currently heading the pack of batsmen in ICC world ranking and the most entertaining batsmen on the cricket field.
2. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
When we talk about Hashim Amla, the South African opening batsman, its all about class and elegance. Not making too many noises, Amla has proven to be one of the best batsman in past couple of years. With over 5000 ODI runs at an average of over 55, he is the man who holds the world record for fastest 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 runs and the fastest to make 18 hundreds. He has been the cornerstone, behind the success of South African team in ODIs. A player with traditional approach of batting, but equally entertaining and effective.
3. Virat Kohli (India)
If there is a story of success, Virat Kohli is the name in Indian Cricket. From a support batsman role in World Cup 2011 to be the premier frontline batsman, he is the new hope for Indian fans to win the world cup. Currently at number 3 in ODI ranking, Virat Kohli has amazed everyone across the world with his aggresion and masterclass stroke play. At a young age of 26, Virat Kohli has already scored more than 6000 runs at an impressive average of over 51, which has 22 marvelous hundreds. Surely, a fearless and classy batsman to watch out for in this world cup.
4. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Kumar Sangakkara, the stylish left hander from Sri Lanka, probably playing his last world cup is one more exciting watch. With over 13000 ODI runs at an average of over 41, Sangakkara is at number 4 in ICC ODI ranking. He provides the much needed solidity and class in the middle order to Sri Lankan batting line-up. When this batsman gets going with his easy and silky drives, he is a delight to watch. Sangakkara is in excellent ODI form and would like to make the most of it for this Sri Lankan team.
5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Defending Champion’s Skipper, is one of the best finishers, when it comes to limited Cricket format. With over 8000 ODI runs at an astonishing average of close to 52, MS Dhoni is at number 9 in ICC ODI ranking. He is at number 6 in all time ODI list for hitting maximum sixes in IDO career, with his 178 sixes. MD Dhoni is considered to be one of the best Wicket-Keeper batsman of all times. With his calmness and experience under pressure, he is a lethal batsman in ODIs and has ability to win matches on his own. Watch out for MSD’s helicopter shot in this World Cup.
6. Brandon McCullum (Nea Zealand)
Brandon McCullum, the New Zealand skipper in World Cup 2015, is on of the most devastating batsman of all times. He has scored over 5000 ODI runs at an extraordinary strike rate of 93. Experts say that New Zealand is amongst the top 3 contenders to win this World Cup, and batting ability of McCullum can prove that right. Its a treat, when this Right-handed batsman gets going.
7. Steven Smith (Australia)
Steven Smith, the latest sensation in Cricketing world. Going through best form of his life, Steven Smith has stunned fans with his excellent batting against India in test series, scoring 769 runs in 4 tests. At the moment, he can’t put a foot wrong, bowlers all over the world are found answer-less. An orthodox player, but extremely powerful. Currently, he is in early stage of his ODI career, but his current form gets him a place in this list. His presence in the middle order, has definitely reduced the pressure on Australian Skipper, Michael Clarke. Australia is one of the front-runners for winning this world cup, and Smith has a big role to make this happen, with his hostile batting.
8. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Chris Gayle, the tall Left-hander batsman from Jamaica, is the only hope to change the fortunes of Not-in-form West Indies team. The big hitting of Chris Gayle, can destroy any bowling attack in this world cup. He has played some of the most entertaining knocks and hit huge sixes, one could ever see. Not in his prime form, but with over 9000 ODI runs at a strike rate of almost 85, he is the man to watch out for in this world cup.
9. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Kane Williamson, might look a surprising inclusion in this elite list, but he is a man to watch out in this World Cup. In his very early career, he has shown outstanding maturity and promise with his batting in the middle order. Williamson is at number 6 in ICC ODI ranking. He has scored more than 2500 ODI runs at an impressive average of 46, which includes well complied 6 centuries. Loaded with classy and lovely strokes, Kane Williamson is a potent weapon of New Zealand in this World Cup.
10. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Misbah-ul-Haq, the skipper of Pakistan for World Cup 2015, is the leading batsman for Pakistan team in this World Cup with his experience and form. Misbah has scored almost 5000 runs in ODIs at an average close to 43. Misbah is at 14th rank in ICC ODI ranking. Surely a batsman to look for, if Pakistan has to make any progress in later stages of the World Cup.
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