2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is just a week away as England take on South Africa in the opening fixture. As soon as IPL got over, the hype for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has been touching new levels.
All the fans will be eager to watch their favourite cricketing stars in action, however, there are few talented unknown players who could spring surprise in the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup.
In this article, we look at 3 rather less-known players who could suprise everyone.
#3 Avishka Fernando
As an 18-year-old, Avishka Fernando was picked in Sri Lankan ODI squad for their home series against Australia. He earned his first call-up to the national ODI team without having played any T20 or List A or first-class cricket. He made his One Day International debut for Sri Lanka against Australia on 31 August 2016 at Dambulla. He was dismissed for a duck after facing two balls from Mitchell Starc.
In December 2018, he was named in Sri Lanka team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Sri Lanka against South Africa on 19 March 2019.
In April 2019, Avishka Fernando was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He played as the opening partner for skipper Dimuth Karunaratne in ODI series against Scotland prior to the World Cup. In the second ODI, he scored his maiden ODI fifty. Finally, Sri Lanka won the match by 35 runs in DLS method.
#2 Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai can really take on the opposition bowlers on his own. He made his international debut for the Afghanistan cricket team in December 2016. In February 2019, he scored the highest individual score by an Afghan batsman in a Twenty20 International , with an unbeaten 162 runs off 62 balls against Ireland.
He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against the United Arab Emirates on 16 December 2016. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Afghanistan against Ireland on 27 August 2018.
In August 2018, against Ireland, he scored the fastest T20I fifty by an Afghan cricketer, in 22 balls. In February 2019, in the second T20I match against Ireland, he scored 162 not out, his first century in a T20I match. It was the highest score for an Afghan batsman in a T20I match, and the second highest score overall, behind Aaron Finch’s 172. His innings included a record 16 sixes, and his first-wicket partnership with Usman Ghani was also a record for any wicket in a T20I, with 236 runs scored. Afghanistan finished their innings with 278 runs for the loss of three wickets, the highest total in a T20I match.
In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup
#1 Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen is one of the players to watch out for. The attacking right-handed batsman has only played 9 matches for the Proteas. He averages a staggering 88.25.
In September 2018, Rassie van der Dussen was named in South Africa’s Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Zimbabwe. He made his T20I debut for South Africa against Zimbabwe on 9 October 2018. In January 2019, he was named in South Africa’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Pakistan. He made his ODI debut for South Africa against Pakistan on 19 January 2019.
During his debut, van der Dussen came within just seven runs of scoring a maiden ODI century on debut before he fell for 93. He followed this with an unbeaten 80* at Kingsmead Stadium three days later. He finished the series with 241 runs, averaging 120.5, across the five ODIs.
Van der Dussen was then retained for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in March. He scored 112 runs across four ODIs including one fifty and finished the series with an average of 56. In April 2019, he was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.