Players who made the difference in ICC World Cup 2015:
The pool stage of the ICC World Cup 2015 ended on Sunday. We saw some exceptional bowling performances and big hits. Here are some of the players who have been consistent in their performances.
Players who made the difference in ICC World Cup 2015
After consecutive defeats by India and West Indies, Pakistan had their backs to the wall, but the skipper did not panic and has led his team from the front. He has four fifties to his name at an average of 52.66.
Shikhar Dhawan (India):
He has been India’s highest run-getter in group stages and has scored two centuries and a fifty. In India’s opening match against Pakistan, Dhawan scored a crucial 73 and then followed it with a match-winning century against South Africa. India will be hoping that he delivers the most in the knockouts. Prior to the World Cup, questions were asked about whether Dhawan should have been in the Indian team but he has hushed his critics with his bat doing all the talking.
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand):
New Zealand‘s key factors to their success has been their skipper McCullum. He has taken pressure off from the rest of the line-up in most matches. He has 257 runs at an average of 42.83 and has scored three half-centuries against Sri Lanka, Australia and England.
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka):
Sangakkara is in his best form and is already a contender for the ‘Player of the Tournament’ with 496 runs at an average of 124. He created history in the group stage by scoring a record four centuries in a row against Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland.SL will be hoping that he can carry his good touch to the knockout stage.
AB de Villiers (South Africa):
The South African skipper produced the innings of the World Cup, other than Chris Gayle’s double century, when he set a record for the fastest ever 150 in ODIs. He has 417 runs and a strike rate of nearly 145. His 77 runs innings against Pakistan was one of the finest innings of the world cup. Arguably the best ODI batsman in the world, AB de Villiers is in form of his life.
Mitchell Starc (Australia):
The 25-year-old left-armor currently leads the wickets tally with 16 scalps at an average of 8.50. He almost led Australia to victory against New Zealand single-handedly. He picked up six wickets in that match. His economy rate in the pool stages is an awesome 3.67.
Mohammed Shami (India):
The right-arm pacer has been consistent having picked at least two wickets in every game he has played. In five of India’s six matches he picked up 15 wickets – just one behind leader Starc. Shami has also managed to maintain a fantastic average (12.60) and strike rate (17.2).
Trent Boult (New Zealand):
The left-arm pacer is the joint second highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets at an average of 15.6. Boult’s 5 for 27 tore to Australian batting apart, and he was named Man-of-the-Match for it.
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