In the 2019 edition of World Cup, there are only 11 players who are aged 23 or below. In those 11 players, surprisingly there are only 2 batsmen (Shimron Hetymer and Hazratullah Zazai). In some countries like Australia and New Zealand there are no players who are even under 25. We will have to wait and see if the young energy is being missed or will their experienced players perform well.
For the last 2 to 3 years, Rashid Khan has been the most reliable spin bowler in white ball format irrespective of the conditions. He has played 11 ODIs in Ireland and Scotland (conditions much similar to England) and has picked up 19 wickets. Although they are lower ranked teams, he has been the most impressive bowler on those matches. Making 46 Dream Team Appearances in 52 matches is nothing short of an astonishing feat.
Shaheen Afridi has been the biggest bowling boost for Pakistan in the last 12 months. We are not used to associating Pakistan pace bowling with average performances, but such has been the case with them recently in white ball cricket. A below par performances from the likes of Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan means that they need someone to step up and Shaheen Afridi has done that having picked up 24 wickets in his 14 ODI matches (three 4-wicket hauls)
Former victorious captain of West Indies U19 team, Shimron Hetmyer has taken ODI cricket by storm ever since he made his debut. He has scored the second most number of runs for West Indies in ODI cricket in the last 12 months. With a career average of 40.86 and strike rate of 110.30 in ODI cricket, he would slot into any team in the current World Cup.
This 20-year old leg spinner has taken the most number of wickets (28 wickets in 22 games) for any Pakistani bowler in ODI cricket since January 1, 2018. Pakistan’s second best spinner has been Imad Wasim but his numbers are not that impressive (11 wickets in 16 matches). With Yasir Shah not in the squad, and Mohammad Hafeez’s lack of effectiveness off late (after altering his bowling action multiple times), Shabad Khan’s form might be the key for Pakistan to qualify for the knockout.