The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup concluded amidst some amazing moments and action-packed drama. This twelfth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup created a lot of suspense till the end and those who thought that One-day International will not survive against T20. So, they have got their assumptions wrong. As an avid follower of the game, we’re bound to relish five best all-round performances of the ICC World Cup 2019.
It has truly been an exciting campaign, and the competition levels amongst the teams have been quite similar to the earlier editions. In addition to this what we saw in this particular World Cup was the emergence of some exceptional all-rounders who could be the future stars of international cricket. These players have revived the memories of some of the greatest all-rounders like Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis, etc.
Although the upcoming group of all-rounders has got the talent to shine at the highest level, their skill sets can’t be compared with the players mentioned above. The players about whom we are about to discuss have got different skill sets and have used different game plans while facing different situations.
These players have made everyone take notice of their abilities by putting up some spirited performances during pressure situations. We take a look at the performances these players who have produced impressive all-around performances with the bat as well as the ball.
# 1 Ben Stokes -89 runs and 12/2 against South Africa on 30th May:
Ben Stokes has been the most vital figure for England in the entire World Cup. The 29-year-old has been a fiery competitor with the bat as well as the ball. The all-rounder demonstrated some exceptional piece of swing bowling as the 28-year-old swung the ball both ways. Although Stokes bowled only three overs in this game, his length was impressive.
In this particular game, Stokes showcased his destructive batting skills as the South African bowlers looked out of sync while bowling to him. Stokes kept on playing attacking shots which put the South African under pressure. Stokes has been a top-class performer for the 3 Lions since the last 3-4 years. The left-hander is also an exceptional fielder and took an outstanding one-handed diving catch at the boundary to dismiss Adile Phehlukwayo.
# 2 Shakib Al Hasan-Shakib Al Hassan-124 and 54/2 vs Windies on 17th June:
Chasing a total of 322, Bangladesh were 133/3. Shakib forged a 189 run partnership with Liton Das for the 4th wicket who played a handy knock of 94. Shakib’s brilliant counter-attacking style of play floored the West Indies bowlers as Bangladesh chased the target quite comfortably with almost nine overs to spare.
The left-hander played a gritty knock of 124 and tried to play his natural game. Shakib also showcased his classic left-arm spin bowling on a batting wicket. Although Shakib went for 54 runs in 8 overs, the left-arm off-spinner bowled a tight line with his loop and turn. Shakib kept the batsmen quiet by bowling slower through the air.
Shakib took two crucial wickets of Ewin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran. The 31-year-old stroked the ball wonderfully with his trademark square cuts and cover drives. Shakib ability to keep on rotating the strike frustrated the West Indies bowlers.
# 3 Ben Stokes-84, 8(3) in super over vs New Zealand on 14th July:
The 2019 World Cup will be remembered for Ben Stokes top-class performance’s in every department. Stokes was the main aggressor in this particular game. The 28-year-old was slow in the initial overs but started to accelerate when the run rate began to climb.
The Allrounder kept on playing his strokes with his aggressive style of play, putting the Kiwi bowlers under pressure. Stokes was quick to put the bad balls away and kept on rotating the strike.
# 4 Imad Wasim-49 and 48/2 vs Afghanistan29th June:
Imad Wasim played a match-winning knock of 49 in Pakistan’s three-wicket win over Afghanistan. The 29-year-old kept his cool and didn’t allow the Afghan bowlers to dictate terms. The left-hander put the bad balls away whenever he got an opportunity and kept on rotating the strike.
Wasim also bowled an impressive line and took two important wickets. Wasim used the spin-friendly conditions to good effect. The left-arm spinner bowled wicket to wicket and didn’t allow the Afghan batsmen to score freely.
# 5 Carlos Braithwaite-101 and 58/2 vs New Zealand on 22 June:
This particular game should be called Braithwaite vs Newzealand. West Indies were 164/7 as Braith waite put up a solid fight which almost took his side home. Braithwaite’s innings consisted of 8 fours and five sixes. Chasing a total of 292 Braithwaite was at his destructive best. He smashed the Kiwi bowlers all around the park with his explosive batting.
This innings brought back the memories of 2016 T20 final played in Kolkata against England when the all-rounder smashed Ben Stokes for four sixes in the last over. Braith waite also impressed with his decent line and length. Although the right-arm medium pacer was a bit expensive and gave away 58 runs in 6 overs, he took two crucial wickets of Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner.