Five key quick bowlers in Champions Trophy
There are a few bowlers who are likely to make a meaningful impact at the ICC Champions Trophy starting from tomorrow in the UK.
With that in mind, the New Age sports reporter Neville Khoza looks at the top five bowlers who may play a crucial role for their teams in the tournament.
Starc has been a pillar of the Australian bowling attack in recent years and they will be banking on him to produce his magic at the Champions Trophy.
He has 129 wickets from 65 matches and has already established himself as a world- class fast bowler. He will be looking to impress in this tournament and guide the Aussies all the way to glory.
He is coming back from injury and will be looking to regain his form ahead of the competition.
Kumar is capable of swinging the ball at the start making him a real threat to the opposition. He has also developed as one of the best death bowlers and India will be pinning their hopes on him.
Looking at the England conditions, Bhuvneshwar seems perfect for India with his ability to swing the ball at the start and hit fuller lengths towards the end. He will be India’s dangerous weapon in the Champions Trophy.
Rahman has been consistent since he made his debut for Bangladesh two years ago. He also became the second Bangladesh bowler to take five wickets on his debut and he has not looked back since. With 36 wickets from 14 matches, he has been vital for Pakistan and they will be banking on him in the Champions Trophy.
If ever there was a time a time for Amir to show his skills then this is the tournament to do so. Amir was hailed as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket, a spot fixing scandal delayed his progress in 2010. Having served his five-year ban, he is now returning to international cricket looking for redemption, hungry to regain his status and will be leading the Pakistan attack. Rabada has been one of South Africa best bowlers since he made his debut in ODIs two years ago. He has achieved 57 wickets from 34 matches and has been consistent.
He is heading into the Champions Trophy in fifth place in the ICC bowlers ODI rankings.
Rabada is expected to play a crucial role for the Proteas if they are to win the Champions Trophy in England.