The ICC World Cup 2019 was filled with some amazing and standout performers throughout the tournament. While many big stars have left their mark on this World Cup, there were some surprise performers too who did a great job. These were players who were playing their first World Cup and hence not much was expected of them. But they still went on to leave their indelible mark in the tournament.
Here is a look at the breakout performers of World Cup 2019.
Jason Roy (England):Embed from Getty Images
While England’s Jason Roy had established himself as an aggressive opener before the start of World Cup 2019, even he wouldn’t have expected the kind of impact he would have in the tourney. Roy’s performance in the tournament was one of the main reasons for England’s dominance and eventual victory. He scored 443 runs in his maiden World Cup appearance in just 7 innings at an average of 63.28 and with 1 hundred and 4 fifties. Roy’s aggressive display at the top – his strike-rate was 115.36 – allowed England to dominate. And when he missed a few matches due to injury in the tournament, England really struggled.
Alex Carey (Australia):Embed from Getty Images
Australia’s wicket-keeper-batsman Alex Carey was one of the standout performers of World Cup 2019. With a brittle middle-order that constantly under-performed, it was left-handed Carey who often held the innings together with his grit and style. In 10 matches in the tournament, Carey scored 375 runs at an average of 62.50 with 3 fifties. Before the World Cup, Carey had played only 19 ODIs. But he showed immense maturity and confidence even in pressure situations and almost won Australia a couple of games from impossible situations. He’s now firmly the wicket-keeper batsman of the future for Australia.
Jofra Archer (England):Embed from Getty Images
It seems funny now that Jofra Archer wasn’t even selected in the provisional World Cup squad for England. The selectors felt he was too inexperienced as he had played only 3 ODIs until then. But eventually they saw the talent he had and selected him. Archer delivered in the best way possible – taking 20 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 23.05. He was not just the highest wicket-taker for England but was the one bowler captain Eoin Morgan would constantly depend on to bowl and at the death and whenever things didn’t go right. At just 24 years of age, Archer showed remarkable skills and composure and has emerged as one of the star fast bowlers of the future.
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan):Embed from Getty Images
Playing his first World Cup, 19-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi left a distinct impression in the tournament in the limited opportunities he got. Afridi, who had played just 14 ODIs before this World Cup, was initially not given a chance in the eleven. Bu as Pakistan stumbled in the early stage, the young bowler was brought in as a desperate measure and he delivered. In just 5 matches, Afridi picked up 16 wickets at a stunning average of 14.62; including a magnificent spell of 6-35 against Bangladesh. One wonders what he could have done had Afridi got more chances.
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies):Embed from Getty Images
Before the World Cup 2019, Nicholas Pooran had played only 1 ODI (against England) and was dismissed for a duck in it. But the selectors chose to give the 23-year-old a chance at the big stage and he lapped it up. The left-handed Pooran was one of the shining lights for the West Indies in an otherwise disappointing World Cup. He lit up the middle-order with his attractive stroke-play and aggressive batting. Pooran collected 367 runs in 8 innings in the World Cup – the highest for the West Indies by some distance – at a healthy average of 52.42 along with 1 hundred and 2 fifties. He is certainly one to watch out for in the coming day for the West Indies.