Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has provided valuable insights into the top five bowlers to watch out for at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Steyn, known for his exceptional skills with the ball, has shared his thoughts on the standout pacers who are likely to make a significant impact in the tournament.
The players are mentioned below:
1. Mohammad Siraj (India): Dale Steyn’s first pick is India’s Mohammad Siraj, a talented swing bowler known for his ability to trouble top-order batsmen.
Steyn highlighted Siraj’s knack for swinging the ball early in the innings and his potential to take crucial wickets for the Indian team.
2. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): Steyn’s second choice is Kagiso Rabada, another South African pacer. Rabada is renowned for his remarkable pace and bounce, making him a formidable presence in international cricket.
Steyn also noted Rabada’s familiarity with Indian conditions, which could benefit South Africa in the tournament.
3. Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan): Steyn issued a warning to Indian captain Rohit Sharma, singling out Shaheen Shah Afridi as a bowler to watch out for.
Afridi, a Pakistani left-arm pacer, is known for his ability to trouble even the most accomplished batsmen. Steyn expects fierce battles between Afridi and Rohit Sharma during the World Cup.
4. Trent Boult (New Zealand): Trent Boult from New Zealand is the fourth bowler on Steyn’s list. Steyn emphasized Boult’s skill in swinging the ball upfront, which could pose significant challenges to opposition batsmen.
He predicts Boult to be the leading wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup 2023.
5. Mark Wood (England): Steyn’s final selection is Mark Wood from England, a bowler known for his extreme pace.
Steyn believes that Wood’s sheer pace alone can intimidate batsmen and anticipates him taking a substantial number of wickets for England in the tournament.
Wood’s express deliveries could prove to be a game-changer for the English team.