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Nasser Hussain picks six players to watch out for in this World Cup

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Hussain is expecting the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, West Indies veteran Chris Gayle and star all-rounder Andre Russell to make this World Cup a memorable one for them. He also feels Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan and India's most reliable pacer Jasprit Bumrah are going to shine with the ball.

The former England captain, in a chat with Sky Sports, said, "I think Gayle will want to do something very special. Russell has been out of the West Indies set up but is a fantastic player. Rashid Khan from Afghanistan is one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world."

"Another top bowler is Bumrah – he absolutely nails his yorkers and death bowling will be key throughout the tournament. Kane Williamson, that quiet, smiling assassin from New Zealand… he always scores runs. And the greatest player in the world is in town in Virat Kohli," Hussain said further.

We know the favorites, but Hussain mentioned about the teams who can pull off an upset and ruin things for other teams. "Anyone on their day can beat you," he added. "Don’t write off Afghanistan and West Indies.

"England will go into the tournament knowing they have to be good throughout. Make sure you get the points in the bag.

"They will get through to the knockout stages I think. But then it’s a one-off game and anyone can beat anyone. England’s recent record is phenomenal though and they will be confident." 

 

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Forgetting Buttler..the guy can smoke sixes and fours at will and most recently played sensibly, knocked the ball around, build a partnership when many wickets were lost upfront,and then launched an assault and scored at over 190 sr !

 

He also bats well with the tail. I am now worried about him than anyone else.

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I think Virat's going to have a quiet WC, especially by his standards.  He's had a ridiculously high-scoring run, for a really long period of time.  Nothing lasts forever.  I mean, I hope I'm wrong, but this is what my gut tells me.   One of my buddies refuses to talk WC cricket with me, letting out a string of cuss words, simply because I called the Bangladesh game a banana-skin game, before the 2007 WC.  "Gut feelings" have something behind them.  

 

 

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I think Jimmy Neesham is going to surprise people this WC if he stays fit.  He can have an impact like Hardik Pandya did, this IPL.  And if the rest of the NZ core delivers, NZ will be on their way to the semi-finals.  

 

I think everybody is getting seduced into over-rating Afghanistan.  Their batting has a lot to prove.  And outside of Rashid and Nabi, their bowling does too.  I expect Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to finish at the bottom - pretty confident on this. 

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1 hour ago, YCCC said:

Amazing insight. Two of the top three batsmen in the world and one of the most destructive, and the best ODI bowler will have a great tournament. Thanks Nass.

 

Sucking Kohli's cock again as well

I think Nasser has a lot of time for Kohli, because he admires his work ethic.  Virat isn't a batting genius simply born with freakish skill - he's worked his ass off to become what he has.  Something Nasser can relate to - he's a guy who made a pound out of his few pence worth of ability.  

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1 hour ago, sandeep said:

I think Nasser has a lot of time for Kohli, because he admires his work ethic.  Virat isn't a batting genius simply born with freakish skill - he's worked his ass off to become what he has.  Something Nasser can relate to - he's a guy who made a pound out of his few pence worth of ability.  

You have to be serious, comparing Kohli to Nasser, he is the best ever ODI player in the world, doesn't have the flair. The way he picks the length and use his wrist to play shots in a wide arc to same sorta deliveries, has no big weakness. I haven't seen him beaten by pace even when he stands outrageously outside the crease.

 

He already is far better then Tendulkar in ODI and equals him or bettered him recently in tests, the way he is freakish is he is mentally stronger then anyone else before, more committed , similar talent to Sachin but has maximized it

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37 minutes ago, MCcricket said:

He already is far better then Tendulkar in

You are entitled to your opinion.  I'll leave it at that.

 

Btw, I didn't "compare Kohli to Nasser".  There really isn't any constructive outcome from spitting our opinions at each other, especially when you are hellbent on missing my point.  And hold some really silly views on 'talent' and batting skills.  

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49 minutes ago, MCcricket said:

He already is far better then Tendulkar in ODI and equals him or bettered him recently in tests

:hysterical:

 

19 year old Sachin did more in his debut WC than what Kohli did in 2011/15 combined. Sachin is the all time top scorer in WC history, twice topping the charts and once runner up. Kohli has the distinction of playing the worst ever ODI innings of all time in 2015 SF. Don't care about JAMODIs and Hajmola Cups. And then the CT 2017 F :hysterical:

 

In tests Sachin averaged 58-59 by the end of 90s, with more sample size than what Kohli has now. Has Kohli's average ever touched 55? First let him learn to play Zampa and Moeen before comparing him to someone who handled Warne/Murali. 

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2 hours ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:
  1. I see Maxwell having a great impact 
  2. Ben stokes wud be another one

Stokes will have a great worldcup till the final ball of the finals. Will get smashed and make england loose as usual LOL

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4 hours ago, Gollum said:

:hysterical:

 

19 year old Sachin did more in his debut WC than what Kohli did in 2011/15 combined. Sachin is the all time top scorer in WC history, twice topping the charts and once runner up. Kohli has the distinction of playing the worst ever ODI innings of all time in 2015 SF. Don't care about JAMODIs and Hajmola Cups. And then the CT 2017 F :hysterical:

 

In tests Sachin averaged 58-59 by the end of 90s, with more sample size than what Kohli has now. Has Kohli's average ever touched 55? First let him learn to play Zampa and Moeen before comparing him to someone who handled Warne/Murali. 

Not to mention, Sachin dropped tons or 90+ scores in every cricket country he toured.  The first time.  As a teenager.  Virat got his ass dropped from the test team the first time, because he wasn't good enough to hack it.  


Johnny-come-lately fans only have the post 2002 Sachin - who was a shadow of himself in his prime - in their mind, when they think of him.  The problem is that most batsmen rapidly fade away from int'l cricket when they aren't at their best - even the great ones - Dravid, Ponting, Richards, Lara, all of them.  But Sachin was able to have a top-notch int'l career for 10 years past his prime.  That doesn't take away the fact that in the 1990s, he was so good, so consistently.  I mean, his entire 1990s were what Virat's last 2 years look like.   And not to forget, he hit that stride very early in his career - didn't need to be dropped from the test team, didn't need to have a horror show tour of England - any of that. He took to int'l cricket, and right away demonstrated his greatness, like it was nothing.   Of course, he was nowhere near as good or consistent past 2003 - that elbow injury and recovery never left him the same.  

 

Problem is, that there are many 'smart' guys out there, who have decided that Sachin 'underachieved'.  Or didn't "win" enough games. ******* ki fauj mein kami kabhi nahi hoti.

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4 hours ago, Gollum said:

Kuch bhi bolo, MOS prize yahi superstar le jayega...the most exciting cricketer today.

 

Image result for pat cummins

 

He's a better test cricketer so far, than in white ball cricket.  As of now.   Potential is there of him being the next Bumrah - i.e. a dominant lead dog bowler.   I love the guy, but would rather he do that after India win the WC.

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4 hours ago, sandeep said:

Not to mention, Sachin dropped tons or 90+ scores in every cricket country he toured.  The first time.  As a teenager.  Virat got his ass dropped from the test team the first time, because he wasn't good enough to hack it.  


Johnny-come-lately fans only have the post 2002 Sachin - who was a shadow of himself in his prime - in their mind, when they think of him.  The problem is that most batsmen rapidly fade away from int'l cricket when they aren't at their best - even the great ones - Dravid, Ponting, Richards, Lara, all of them.  But Sachin was able to have a top-notch int'l career for 10 years past his prime.  That doesn't take away the fact that in the 1990s, he was so good, so consistently.  I mean, his entire 1990s were what Virat's last 2 years look like.   And not to forget, he hit that stride very early in his career - didn't need to be dropped from the test team, didn't need to have a horror show tour of England - any of that. He took to int'l cricket, and right away demonstrated his greatness, like it was nothing.   Of course, he was nowhere near as good or consistent past 2003 - that elbow injury and recovery never left him the same.  

 

Problem is, that there are many 'smart' guys out there, who have decided that Sachin 'underachieved'.  Or didn't "win" enough games. ******* ki fauj mein kami kabhi nahi hoti.

More or less in complete agreement. These kids who underrate Sachin, I mean we have been through this so many times, points keep getting recycled/repeated. I don't even try to put forth the full picture nowadays. Fine if you wanna put down the great man, go ahead, want to be like that frog in a well, no one's stopping you. These Sachin vs others debates will carry on till eternity, speaks volumes of the man whose name is still dragged to judge other outstanding players. Even his haters won't deny that he is the gold standard to measure greatness of batsmen. Right now if people want to compare Virat with Sachin I can only sit back and laugh...sure I want a fellow Indian to overshadow our greatest batsman and he may do it by the time he is done but now's not the time, even in ODIs where Kohli hasn't done enough to be a a clear first all things considered in his era. Sachin OTOH must have been dominant 1st (and not 1st among equals) for at least 6-7 years in international ODI cricket, and WC record plays a crucial part in my ranking methodology.

 

I am one of those who believes Sachin is an underachiever and I don't mean it in the negative sense. IMO many of my favorites (whose careers I followed live) across sports have been underachievers...Federer, Messi, Sachin, Anand, Fernando Alonso, Dhanraj....hell even Usain Bolt !!!! I have nothing but respect for all these legends and when I say underachieve I explore the 'what if' scenario. Federer could have won 20+ majors, Messi could have been GOAT, Anand could have matched Kasparov, Usain Bolt could have set more WRs etc. Now there are many reasons and theories why they couldn't and I understand that. 

 

Similarly when I harp on about Sachin's lack of matchwinning ability that is a crucial component when it comes to rating ATGs in the GOAT race. If Sachin is up against lesser greats like KP, Cook, ABDV, Viru, Clarke etc no one would bring this up. But his peers are Bradman, Sobers, Chappell, Sunny, Viv, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Sanga etc and in the GOAT race everything has to be considered. All these guys even Bradman had a few flaws even if they were minuscule and hard to detect and Sachin was no different. We have never seen a perfect sportsman and never will. 

 

I also think Sachin suffered in the 2000s because he developed a selfish streak (minor) and fear of failure (major), his batting mindset had more to do with his decline. Of course all are connected and injuries do affect mental side of the game but have to put it on record.

 

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3 hours ago, sandeep said:

He's a better test cricketer so far, than in white ball cricket.  As of now.   Potential is there of him being the next Bumrah - i.e. a dominant lead dog bowler.   I love the guy, but would rather he do that after India win the WC.

Cummins is the complete package. Apart from his phenomenal bowling ability, an OK batsman, excellent fielder and always gives it his all. And he has that unmistakable swagger which attracts even the neutral fans. He hasn't played enough ODIs and I expect him to leave a mark here. A rare bowler who can take the pitch out of the equation, he will need to do that a lot on these pattas we are about to be served up. 

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1 hour ago, Gollum said:

More or less in complete agreement. These kids who underrate Sachin, I mean we have been through this so many times, points keep getting recycled/repeated. I don't even try to put forth the full picture nowadays. Fine if you wanna put down the great man, go ahead, want to be like that frog in a well, no one's stopping you. These Sachin vs others debates will carry on till eternity, speaks volumes of the man whose name is still dragged to judge other outstanding players. Even his haters won't deny that he is the gold standard to measure greatness of batsmen. Right now if people want to compare Virat with Sachin I can only sit back and laugh...sure I want a fellow Indian to overshadow our greatest batsman and he may do it by the time he is done but now's not the time, even in ODIs where Kohli hasn't done enough to be a a clear first all things considered in his era. Sachin OTOH must have been dominant 1st (and not 1st among equals) for at least 6-7 years in international ODI cricket, and WC record plays a crucial part in my ranking methodology.

 

I am one of those who believes Sachin is an underachiever and I don't mean it in the negative sense. IMO many of my favorites (whose careers I followed live) across sports have been underachievers...Federer, Messi, Sachin, Anand, Fernando Alonso, Dhanraj....hell even Usain Bolt !!!! I have nothing but respect for all these legends and when I say underachieve I explore the 'what if' scenario. Federer could have won 20+ majors, Messi could have been GOAT, Anand could have matched Kasparov, Usain Bolt could have set more WRs etc. Now there are many reasons and theories why they couldn't and I understand that. 

 

Similarly when I harp on about Sachin's lack of matchwinning ability that is a crucial component when it comes to rating ATGs in the GOAT race. If Sachin is up against lesser greats like KP, Cook, ABDV, Viru, Clarke etc no one would bring this up. But his peers are Bradman, Sobers, Chappell, Sunny, Viv, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Sanga etc and in the GOAT race everything has to be considered. All these guys even Bradman had a few flaws even if they were minuscule and hard to detect and Sachin was no different. We have never seen a perfect sportsman and never will. 

 

I also think Sachin suffered in the 2000s because he developed a selfish streak (minor) and fear of failure (major), his batting mindset had more to do with his decline. Of course all are connected and injuries do affect mental side of the game but have to put it on record.

 

Gollum  nobody disagreed ,Sachin was better batsman but I want  to know why you hate virat so much? I think  virat may be the third or fourth best  batsman  india has ever produced. 

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Some people can't unemotional give credit where it is due, no one can argue Virat is the best ODI cricketer that has ever walked this planet

In tests he was lagging a bit behind but in last 2 years based on his numbers and contribution towards winning games and series is much better 

It is ridiculous when people wanna downplay someone because he is young confident has a actress for wife and is unapologetic 

The sheer authority and confidence he brings to the crease is unrivalled, his performance while chasing and second innings is way better then Sachin

 

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34 minutes ago, VT87 said:

Gollum  nobody disagreed ,Sachin was better batsman but I want  to know why you hate virat so much? I think  virat may be the third or fourth best  batsman  india has ever produced. 

I don't hate Virat at all. I don't like when players are overhyped (not just Kohli, even Sachin for that matter) and anyway most of my criticism directed towards Kohli is because of his captaincy, basically the TM leadership role which is rudderless. I want him to groom the next set of Indian superstar batsmen, if he fails at mentoring the likes of Pant, Rahul, Mayank, Shaw, Gill, Iyer etc I will hold a grudge against him. 

 

I agree he is our 3rd or 4th greatest batsman and I want him to end as our best of all time. What you see isn't hate, there is something called 'tough love'. 

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15 minutes ago, MCcricket said:

Some people can't unemotional give credit where it is due, no one can argue Virat is the best ODI cricketer that has ever walked this planet

Image result for viv richards

 

Again what is Kohli's WC record? WC KO record? Average 14 with SR 58 sure bears hallmarks of best ever. 

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In tests he was lagging a bit behind but in last 2 years based on his numbers and contribution towards winning games and series is much better

Which games or series he won? Among the hard fought ones Rahul/Che won us the epic series against Aus in 2017 and Che was MOS downunder in our series win. In home matches Che, Ash, Jaddu have played far more important roles and we would have won them all even without Kohli's batting. 

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It is ridiculous when people wanna downplay someone because he is young confident has a actress for wife and is unapologetic 

Who said that? Care to back this statement?

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The sheer authority and confidence he brings to the crease is unrivalled, his performance while chasing and second innings is way better then Sachin

Pity he goes missing in our 4th innings chases, even the puny targets. And less said about his chasing prowess in big matches the better. 2015 WC SF and 2017 CT F both saw some of the worst batting by any batsman in the big stage. In modern era ODI pitches even hacks like Guptill and Sharma will have better numbers than Sachin, Viv...that tells more about the current state of bat-ball balance. 

 

No one's denying that Kohli is a legend, one of the best ever. But hold your horses when it comes to rating him as best ever and all that hyperbole. We all wish he becomes GOAT, let us make these big statements after and not before. 

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