Top 5 fast bowlers to watch out for in ICC World Cup 2015

Sampath Bandarupalli / 14 January 2015

The 11th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup is going to be held in the Australia and New Zealand, where the tracks are known for Pacemen, who might have a party along well as the breezy conditions where the swing of the ball is effectively high.

With just a month left for the mega event, let us take a look at the top five fast bowlers who might end up as the leading wicket-takers:

5. Junaid Khan:

Junaid Khan, the name of the player on whom the most of the Pakistan’s hopes lie. Despite of having a decent pace attack, Pakistan’s pacemen are inexperienced and Junaid Khan turned to be the experienced and reliable option for them. His skill to move the ball round under suitable conditions makes his a bowler to play against. He made the present best ODI player, Virat Kohli as his bunny in his recent meetings, shows how effective he can be against tough batsmen too. However, Junaid touring Australia & New Zealand for the first time can be a notable point.

4. Mitchell McClenaghan:

The New Zealand pacer has brought an attention towards himself with his excellent wicket-taking ability. Jointly the record holder for the 2nd fastest to 50 wickets, McClenaghan has 60 wickets in his kitty in just 29 matches. His ability of bowling at top speeds and picking up wickets regularly, he is expected to be one of the dangerous pacer during the ODI World Cup, adding fact the tournament be played at their home.

3. Stuart Broad:

England Pace All Rounder, Stuart Broad could be his team’s most effective player during their World Cup Campaign, hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. However, been an all-rounder, his main contribution lies on his bowling only. Carrying the variations a bowler can present along with the pace, Broad can be tough be face at times. His line & length deliveries puts him in the list of top pacers going into CWC.

2. Mitchell Johnson:

Considered as the fastest pacer in World at the moment, Mitchell Johnson needs to sharpen up his bowling to end up as the best bowler of the Cricket World Cup 2015, organised in Australia & New Zealand. Known for maintaining an average speed of high 140s, Johnson can break through anyone’s heads with sharp bouncers and clean up with deadly Yorkers. He has 221 wickets in his bag at an impressive average of 25.72, but his record in Aus & NZ aren’t that great compared to his overall stats. However, advantage of playing at home might help him and make his a lethal player.

1. Dale Steyn:

Dale Steyn has been recognized as one of the most accurate pacemen the world has. His effectiveness with the ball at any stage of the game. The South African pacer has 145 wickets at an average of 25.65. Even though, his record in Australia & New Zealand, the hosts of the tournament are bit low compared to his career figures, his ability makes him one of the top contenders to watch out for in the tournament. 

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