Afghanistan has certainly incredible things in the game of cricket in the past of years. The game has certainly gained prominence in a country ravaged by war that has been going on for three decades. Due to hostile situation in the country, cricket is certainly proved to be uniting people in the country from all types of backgrounds.
Afghan fans will be hoping that the side can pull off upsets in this World Cup. Let’s take a look at top three players that can help Afghanistan do well in the mega event.
Players to watch out for:
Former Captain is one of Afghanistan’s most experienced players in the current squad. The 31-year-old will be motivated to produce amazing performance for the country in this World Cup. Afghan has a decent record in the 50-over format where he averages 23.88 in 96 innings and has already scored 2,078 runs with a strike-rate of 64.75, which included 1 century and 11 fifties.
Of late, Afghan has been in tremendous form where he has scored three fifties in last eight innings. Team management and the coaching staff will be hoping that the middle-order will continue his great work with the bat and produce some match-winning performances for the team in the coming weeks.
Hashmatullah Shahidi is a very important member of the Afghanistan’s team as he brings a lot of calmness in the middle-order and has the ability to finish the game for his side. The 24-year old has represented Afghanistan in 31 ODIs, where he has scored 865 runs at an average of 34.60 and at a strike-rate of 65.52 which included seven half-centuries to his name. He will be looking to make impact with the bat for Afghanistan in this World Cup.
Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s leading spinner and has time and again proved to be a real match-winner for the team in white-ball cricket. The leg-spinner has represented Afghanistan in 59 ODIs where he has 125 wickets to his name at an impressive strike-rate of 23.5 and with a staggering average of 15.333 which included four five-wicket hauls as well. The 20-year old will be looking to make an impact with the bat in this debut World Cup competition.