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5 most exciting upcoming bowlers in world cricket

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:15 IST

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One of the most exciting things about watching any sport is to see new talent appearing on the scene and turning into greats of the game. In cricket though, it’s very hard to predict who would go on to become successful and who would just fall by the wayside.

While there are always young players coming through the system in various countries, there are some who have a spark, a special ability to make things happen about them. In this era, there are many new names that have cropped up in T20 leagues around the world and have attracted the attention of fans through their impactful performances.

However, T20 stars fade away as quickly as they rise. It’s in the longer formats of the game that players need a solid base of skills and talent to gain prominence.

Here, then, is a list of five bowlers who have emerged on the international scene in recent times and have shown the ability which, if utilized to its full extent, should lead them to become great names in the world of cricket.

#5 Hasan Ali

Pakistan v South Africa - ICC Champions Trophy
Hasan Ali has been one of the most prolific
wicket takers
in ODI cricket

The seamers, whom everyone takes notice of are usually those who possess extra height or speed. In Tests, pacers with the ability to swing the ball are also regarded as a special lot. But sometimes, a fast-medium bowler may not have these abilities and yet have an uncanny ability to get wickets and make a difference.

Hasan Ali of Pakistan is just that kind of bowler. His type is usually described as ‘skiddy' – those who don’t bowl at express pace but get the ball to go onto the bat quicker than what the batsmen expect. What makes Ali even more impressive is his ability to get the ball to move just enough off the surface to get the edge or beat the bat.

The results have been really good for Ali in ODI cricket so far. He has shown great proficiency in getting wickets in 50-over cricket and has picked up three wickets or more in an ODI 14 times in just 30 matches. This resulted in him becoming the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets – in 24 matches and even gain the top spot in ODI rankings.

Ali also shows great intelligence in his bowling – a must in the batsmen-dominated modern-day ODI cricket. Using plenty of variations of speed and length, the 24-year old never allows the batsmen to settle and keeps challenging him.


With such a consistent display in one-day cricket so far, Ali surely is one of the most exciting talents to watch out for.

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Published 19 Mar 2018, 13:25 IST
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