ICC World Cup 2019: Players who can provide the 'X-Factor' for their team
Andre Russell - Windies
In a team filled with players like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Shimron Hetmeyer, it is difficult to pick the biggest 'X-factor' for their success, but with Andre Russell in the team, he can be that man for the Windies.
Russell can take the game away from any opposition in a span of a few overs. In the 52 ODI matches that he has played for the Windies, he has managed to score nearly 1000 runs at a mind-blowing strike rate of 130.4 and has also been able to take 65 wickets at an economy of 5.8.
Russell's ability to strike towering sixes in death overs makes him priceless in any lineup, while he can also chip in with a few wickets with the ball as well. Russel, like Hardik Pandya, lends the much-required balance to the Windies side.
Rashid Khan - Afghanistan
The young Afghani sensation, Rashid Khan, needs no introduction as he is one of the top-ranked bowlers in ODIs. In 52 ODIs, he has picked up a mind-boggling 118 wickets for his country.
He has taken over 70 international wickets in 2018 only. Rashid, who has a quick-arm action and a vast repertoire of variations, concedes runs at an economy of 3.90, with a strike-rate of 22.2.
He is a vastly improved batsman as well, as he finished a few games for his team in the recently concluded Asia Cup.
With the skills that Rashid Khan has, he is the 'X-factor' for any team that he plays for. Once again, he will be crucial for Afghanistan's success in the tournament.