5 Pace Bowlers who can turn out to be potential match winners
Updated - Nov 13, 2015 9:40 am
It is almost the end of 2015 and thus, it’s been 16 years to the start of a new millennium. 21st Century saw the rise of the big five of Indian cricket (Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Sehwag, VVS), the invincible Kangaroo team consisting of Hayden, Ponting, Mcgrath, Warne and Lee, probably the greatest fast bowler and certainly the best for South Africa ever in the form of Dale Steyn, the 2 stalwarts of the island nation who would go on to pile up runs for years to come (Jayawardene and Sangakarra), brilliant swing bowling display from James Anderson and what not!
Cut to the present, most of these players have either retired or are in the final stages of their careers. The teams have in some way found players with batting prowess and which are talked about as the future of their respective teams (if we talk about Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steven Smith) but in 2015, we have also seen some good bowling talent who could turn out to be potential match winners for their respective teams as far as the bowling department is concerned. Here we take a look at them:
1. Kagiso Rabada
The South African legacy of producing great fast bowlers goes a long way back. After their arrival on the international scene in 1991, this country has given Cricket some great fast bowlers. Some of them are Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini to name a few. More recently, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been the spearheads of the Proteas’ attack. But on this India tour, we saw a young and enthusiastic fellow who destroyed the star-studded Indian batting line-up with his sheer pace, bounce and immaculate accuracy. Kagiso Rabada is just 20 years old and is certainly the future of South African cricket. Whenever he bowled in the ODI series, it looked like he would take a wicket. The control and discipline he showed, especially in the death overs was pivotal in shifting the momentum towards South Africa in crunch moments and the team owes him a lot for their first ODI series victory on Indian soil. With a great physique and the likes of Steyn and Morkel to guide him, the future looks very bright for him.