With the 2023 ODI World Cup less than a month away, all 10 participating teams are gearing up to make their mark in the premier 50-over tournament. This prestigious event will be held from October 5 to November 19 across various states of India. Many pundits have already come up with predictions on who will lift the coveted crown and which players to watch out for.
Over the past few days, all the team managements have been busy unveiling their 15-member squad for the marquee event. Any team needs a balanced squad with the right ratio of batters, all-rounders and bowlers to win a tournament. The presence of quality all-rounders will definitely do wonders for the team as either their bowling or batting can play a crucial role. Over the years, we have seen some exceptional performances from all-rounders in the World Cups, and we will witness the same this year too, including from a few debutants.
On that note, let’s take a look at three all-rounders who can make a mark during their maiden World Cup campaign.
3. Marco Jansen (South Africa)
The 23-year-old bowling all-rounder has proved to be a significant contributor to the team in recent years. Jansen made his ODI debut in January 2022 and has represented South Africa so far in 10 matches. He has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.94 from 10 matches and has scored 163 runs at an average of 27.17. Recently, in the first ODI against Australia, Jansen was the second top scorer for the Proteas with 32 off 40 balls on a difficult batting surface. His experience of playing IPL in the last two years will help him shine in India in the 2023 World Cup.
2. Liam Livingstone (England)
Livingston made his ODI debut in 2021 but has played a limited number of ODIs. The right-hander has played 12 ODIs for England so far and has scored 250 runs at an average of 31.25 and a strike rate of 122.55. Coming to the bowling department, the right-arm spinner grabbed six wickets at an economy of 5.8. Known for his power-hitting abilities, the 30-year-old has yet to make promising offerings in the 50-over format and the upcoming World Cup could be his moment to deliver.
1. Cameron Green (Australia)
The addition of Cameron Green has bolstered Australia’s ODI set-up as his all-round brilliance can swing the momentum in their favour at crucial moments. With his explosive batting style and right-arm medium-pace bowling, Green could become an integral part of Australia‘s campaign in the 2023 World Cup.
The middle-order batter amassed 302 runs at an average of 88.3 at a strike rate of 43.14 from 13 ODI innings. Talking about his bowling performances, the 24-year-old has grabbed 12 wickets in 16 innings at an economy of 5.02. In the last couple of years, Green has played a lot of cricket in sub-continental conditions, especially in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL), therefore he can be a big threat to other teams in the upcoming tournament.