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The fast bowler, returning from an injury, has already bagged nine wickets from four matches this year. He holds the distinction of being a two-time leading wicket-taker in prior World Cup editions (2015 & 2019). Starc’s reputation is built on his ability to unleash lethal yorkers at extraordinary speeds, establishing himself as a cornerstone among Australia’s strike bowlers.
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Jasprit Bumrah is primed to assume a pivotal role in India’s World Cup campaign this time. While this marks Bumrah’s second appearance in an ODI World Cup, it’s his maiden outing in India. His knack for delivering precision yorkers coupled with his pace makes him a formidable asset.
The meteoric rise of Mohammed Siraj as one of the world’s most potent strike bowlers has been a big boon for Team India. Currently ranked as the No. 1 ODI bowler, Siraj enters his maiden World Cup with an impressive track record. His extraordinary tally of 30 wickets in 14 matches this year, which includes a stellar performance with career best figures of 6/21, underscores his immense potential.
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Shaheen Shah Afridi is poised to make his World Cup debut on Indian soil. Recognized for his mastery of swing, Afridi is anticipated to play a pivotal role for Pakistan. In 2023, he has already secured 24 ODI wickets in just 12 matches, demonstrating his ability to dismantle opposition batting lineups.
The return of Trent Boult provides a significant boost to New Zealand’s World Cup campaign. Boult’s extensive experience in the Indian Premier League (IPL) equips him to thrive in the challenging conditions in India. Although he has featured in only five ODIs this year, Boult has already claimed 10 wickets.
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Haris Rauf is set to make his debut in the ODI World Cup. With an impressive tally of 24 wickets in 13 ODIs this year, Rauf has left a considerable mark. His fiery pace and ability to break partnerships make him a valuable asset, particularly during the powerplays.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins has been a standout performer in ICC tournaments. Known for his searing pace and bounce, Cummins, with 126 wickets in 77 ODIs, will lean on his IPL experience to excel in the challenging bowling conditions in India.
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