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ICC World Cup 2019: Top 3 candidates for the Player of the Tournament award

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2.50K   //    22 Feb 2019, 19:18 IST

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

The 12th edition of cricket's biggest event - World Cup 2019 - is scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales. The prestigious tournament will kick off on 30th May with the hosts England taking on South Africa.

This year’s World Cup will see a return to the round robin format, with all 10 teams playing against each other and the top four teams qualifying for the semi-final. This is the fifth edition that will take place in England. 

Though England and India are hot favorites, all teams are strong on paper and the tournament is expected to be one of the best World Cups ever.

Over the years, several individuals have stood out in the tournament and have bagged the Player of the Tournament award. In this article take a look at 3 players who can win the illustrious award in the 2019 edition.

1. Kuldeep Yadav 

Kuldeep Yadav has 77 wickets in 39 matches
Kuldeep Yadav has 77 wickets in 39 matches

Left arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been a key member of the Indian team in the last two years. Yadav has bagged wickets against all oppositions, and in every kind of conditions. 

In 39 matches so far, Yadav has 77 wickets to his name. His best figures of 6/25 came against England (venue of the World Cup) last year as he befuddled the power-packed English batting line up with his dexterity and craft. 

Before that he wreaked havoc in South Africa, claiming 17 wickets in 6 matches to set up India’s first ODI series victory on African soil. Also, Yadav was equally effective in New Zealand and Australia.

Unlike other modern wrist-spinners who bowl quicker in the air, Yadav tosses the bowl to generate revolutions. If his recent form is anything to go by, then Yadav is surely going to trouble many batters in the upcoming mega event.

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