The 5 most promising bowlers to watch out for in 2019

  • Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi and others are all set to make a big splash in international cricket this year.
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Modified 11 Jan 2019, 13:14 IST

#3 Jofra Archer (England?)

Jofra Archer's eligibility to play for England has been a hot topic for a while, and he has now been given the green light.

Archer has been a freelance T20 cricketer up until now, and has been phenomenal wherever he has played. He was paid a lot of money by the Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 IPL and he made an instant impact, shining in all the matches he played.

He picked up 15 wickets from 10 matches with a great strike rate of 15.53 and bowling average of 21.66. His tendency to bowl at the death and pick up wickets makes him a valuable asset to any team.

Archer is currently ripping out wickets playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. He is certainly one to watch out for this year.

#2 Duanne Olivier (South Africa)

Duanne Olivier has become a sensation for the Proteas after making a comeback to the side following a stunning Mzanzi Super League. In the Test series against Pakistan, Olivier has been almost unplayable, making life very tough for the Pakistani batsmen.

He has picked up 15 wickets in two matches. In the first match against Pakistan, he picked up 11 wickets at an unbelievable average of 8.72.

He garnered high praise from captain Faf du Plessis, who backed Olivier's selection after he finished as the highest wicket taker in the Mzanzi Super League. With many matches in pace-friendly conditions and possible World Cup selection, Olivier is a comeback hero who you need to keep your eye on.

#1 Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)

Shaheen Afridi, just 18 years old, has become a mainstay in the Pakistan pace bowling attack in all formats. The latest in the endless line of quality left-arm pacers from the nation, Shaheen has been consistent, accurate and at times, unplayable.

His stats speak for themselves: in 7 ODIs he has taken 11 wickets averaging a stunning 17.61 along with a neat economy of 4.88.

In T20Is and Tests, he has picked up 11 wickets and 12 wickets from 7 and 3 matches respectively. Having made a lot of forays into the international team, Shaheen is sure to play in all their upcoming matches provided he maintains his consistency.

Published 05 Jan 2019, 20:44 IST
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