Top all-rounders to watch out for in Cricket World Cup 2019
As Clive Lloyd said that all-rounders are going to lead the forthcoming Cricket World Cup from the front as each and every team is blessed with 'top-class' names, here's a look at some of the best all-rounders who might change the course of the game
Afghanistan's star spinner has proven his mettle in the international arena since he made his debut in 2015 and earned recognition with his outstanding spin talent.
He is definitely an important part of his team in the upcoming Cricket World Cup because of his all-around performance.
He played a total of 57 matches and took 123 wickets with an economy of just 3.90.
So far, he scored 782 runs with an average of 23.69.
Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd is of the view that all-rounders are going to lead the World Cup from the front as each and every team is blessed with 'top-class' all-rounders.
"From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders. That`s why I believe it will be an all-rounders` World Cup," ICC quoted Lloyd, as saying.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Bangladesh's star Shakib Al Hasan is arguably one of the best all-rounders in the world.
He will play an important role for the team in the upcoming World Cup.
In his ODI career, he has played a total of 198 matches and scored 5717 runs with a strike rate of 81.55 and has taken 249 wickets.
Russell is carrying forward his batting form from the Indian Premier League to the World Cup.
He hit a flashy half-century off just 25 balls, which came in handy for the Windies to pose a total of 421.
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Australian Glenn Maxwell will be a key element in the team when they start their title defence in the Cricket World Cup 2019.
With his big hittings and wicket taking abilities, Maxwell can be considered as one of the important all-rounder to watch out for in the World Cup.
Maxwell is a power hitter who bats in the middle and the allrounder and brilliant fieldsman and will provide the team with another spin bowler option.
In the ODI career, he played a total of 100 matches and hit 2700 runs at an average of 33.33 and a strike rate of 121.95.
In bowling, he took 50 wickets with an economy rate of 5.56 in ODI career.
Hardik Pandya (India)
Hardik Pandya will make his debut in the upcoming World Cup and it is expected that he be a vital cog for India's middle order considering his power hittings.
The right-handed batsman has played a total of 45 matches in his ODI career so far and scored 731 runs at an average of 29.24.
In bowling, the medium pacer took 44 wickets with an economy rate of 5.53.
Even India's captain Virat Kohli said after Pandya made his comeback that he "provides a lot of balance to the team".
Ben Stokes (England)
England are considered favourites for the upcoming World Cup. In the race to their maiden World Cup win, every player has to give its 100 per cent and all-rounder Ben Stokes is one of them.
He is an attacking middle-order batsman which makes him an important element in the team.
The left-handed batsman has scored a total of 2125 runs at an average of 36.63 in 82 matches he has played so far.
In bowling, he has taken 63 wickets so far in the ODI career.
He has been drawing comparisons with Ian Botham ever since he made his debut and, with England being one of the favourites, Stokes can prove lethal.
Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)
Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez is considered as one of the best all-rounders in modern cricket.
In his ODI career, he scored 6302 runs at an average of 32.99 in 208 matches played so far and also took 137 wickets.
In 2015, he was suspended for illegal arm action but bounced back with a terrific performance in the subsequent ODI series against Sri Lanka when he took 4 for 41 runs and also scored a century that earned him the man of the match award.
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)
New Zealand's Mitchell Santner will play an important role for his team in the upcoming World Cup.
In his ODI career, he has played a total of 59 matches and scored 826 runs at an average of 27.53 and took 63 wickets.
With his power hitting abilities, Santner adds a spin option to the team.