Light from the heart - eyes on the 5 people in the World Cup

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Oct 1, 2023 - 01:25
Oct 1, 2023 - 01:25
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The official World Cup warm-up matches are starting today. The main tournament will start on October 5. The World Cup is an opportunity to watch the performance of stars like Ben Stokes, Virat Kohli. However, this tournament also makes the rising stars known on the world stage. Five such people, who can win this year's World Cup -

The 18-year-old left-arm spinner made his debut for the Afghanistan Under-19 team at the age of 14. Noor was 17 when he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka last year. The revival of wrist spinners in limited-overs cricket has been going on for a few years now, with the Afghan youngster adding to it. So far played 3 ODIs along with 1 T20 international, in which he took 4 wickets for 10 runs against Zimbabwe. Great control in high arm action, bowled with pace. In the last IPL, Rashid Khan also caught the attention of Gujarat Titans. He can be Rashid's important backup in the World Cup.

Sri Lanka is a factory of unconventional bowlers. Ever since the retirement of Lasith Malinga in the 2019 World Cup, Sri Lanka has been looking for someone like that. One who will surprise the action, take wickets, trap the batsmen at one end. Who else could get the 1996 World Cup winning team than Patirana instead of Malinga! Patirana's action is similar to Malinga's slinging, and even his hands come lower than Malinga's during delivery. The yorker is not bad either. Pathirana got a chance in the IPL last year as a replacement for Adam Millen, and then he beat Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai. Shubman took the wicket of Gill on the first ball of his IPL debut. Debuted for Sri Lanka in June, 'Baby Malinga' could be one of their weapons in the World Cup.

The England team that won the World Cup in 2019 had two pace stars - Mark Wood and Jofra Archer. Both can bowl at speeds over 90 miles per hour. Wood is here again. However, Archer, who has been struggling with injuries for a long time, went to India only as a reserve. With Wood, however, there is another fast bowler, this time from England. The 25-year-old Atkinson has already taken England's domestic cricket by storm. He was also called up to the ODI squad for the recent New Zealand series. England are thrilled with Atkinson who can bowl at around 95 miles per hour despite taking only 1 wicket in 3 matches.

It is every Indian cricketer's dream to play in the World Cup. For 29-year-old Teja Nidamanuru, that dream is coming true, but not for India. Born in Vijayawada in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Nidamanuru grew up in New Zealand. Finally settled in the Netherlands. He became eligible to play for the Dutch in May last year. He scored a great fifty on his debut against the West Indies. However, it was against them in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe that he caught the eye with his innings of 111 runs off 76 balls. Netherlands tied the match with a target of 375 runs, then won the match in the super over. The Dutch joined Sri Lanka in the World Cup after beating the West Indies.

He won the Under-19 World Cup in 2020 for Bangladesh. Since then, Hriday's batting in 50-over matches was eye-catching. However, this middle order batsman has come to the national team with the success of BPL. The 22-year-old made his international debut in the T20 series against England in March this year. Then in ODI against Ireland. He scored 5 fifties in the first 17 matches in this edition, and also achieved success in Sri Lanka's T20 tournament. His use of wrist in batting is like watching. Mushfiqur Rahim's local boy might play with the bat he gave him. The 2007 World Cup was Mushfiqur's first and also caught the eye. It's the turn of the heart?

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