Leg-spinners will certainly play a key role in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that will be played in England from 30th May till 14th July. The competition will see flat pitches so expect slow bowlers to play a huge role in outcome of various games played.
Over the past couple of years, wrist-spinners have enjoyed a lot of success in limited-overs cricket. From Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to India’s Yuzvendra Chahal, leg-spinners are currently ruling the roost in white-ball cricket.
Let’s take at the top five premier leg-spinners who can make an impact with the ball in Cricket World Cup 2019
Yuzvendra Chahal (India)
Leg-spinner has produced exceptional numbers in limited-overs cricket in a relatively short period of time. Since making his limited-overs debut in 2016, Chahal has taken 71 wickets in 40 matches at an average of 23.83. He has certainly formed a deadly combination with Kuldeep Yadav and picked up 159 wickets between them in 45 matches.
He does tend to change his pace and use his variations in order to outfox the batsmen. Chahal will be looking to play an aggressive role with the ball and pick up wickets in the middle overs of the innings.
Adil Rashid (England)
England’s premier spinner will be determined to do well in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that will be played in home conditions. Rashid has been a bankable performer for the side for the past couple of years.
He is one spinner who likes to bowl in the later stages of the innings in limited-overs format. He will certainly be keen to play a big role in helping England win their maiden World Cup on home soil.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is certainly the best bowler in the shorter formats of the game. Afghanistan will be hoping that he can deliver something special with the ball in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He has achieved a lot of success while playing in different T20 leagues around the world and will be determined to make an impact in his debut World Cup.
Adam Zampa (Australia)
Leg-spinner has done exceedingly well for the side in limited-overs cricket this season. Since January 2019, Zampa has taken 22 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 33.95. He has certainly improved his game and results have improved so far this season.
With his range of variations, he will be looking to put in a splendid performance for Australia in this World Cup. He will be looking to consistent with the ball for the side in this showpiece event. Zampa bowled exceedingly well and helped Australia clinch the bilateral one-day series played against India in India.
Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
The 20-year old will be keen to make an impression with the ball for Pakistan in this World Cup. He was instrumental in helping Pakistan win their maiden ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England. Leg-spinner has been a consistent performer for the side in white-ball cricket.
He has knack of taking wickets in the middle phase of the innings. Since making his ODI debut in 2017, Shadab has taken 47 wickets in 34 matches at an average of 27.89. He also has taken wickets at a splendid economy rate of 4.86.