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10 Power hitters who can take World Cup 2019 by storm

Sportstar May 18, 2019
The World Cup will almost certainly be a high-scoring affair with teams posting gigantic totals on the batting-friendly England pitches in summer. Here are the top 10 power hitters who could take centre-stage at the showpiece event

David Miller

On his day, the 29-year-old South Africa batsman can tear apart any bowling attack. Miller is one of the few Proteas batsmen who can score big against spinners as well.  His overall strike rate in ODIs hovers around 100, making him a serious threat for the opposition. 

David Warner

The swashbuckling Australian opener has been on a roll since his return to international cricket after serving his one-year ban for ball tampering. Warner won the Orange Cap in IPL 2019, scoring 692 runs in the 12 matches he played for the Sunrisers.

Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow not only has the ability to play big shots, but he also knows how to rotate strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. His power-hitting was in full display during the IPL where he scored 442 runs in 10 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

MS Dhoni

He's not only one of the greatest finishers in the game but also is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball. Dhoni has often proved that no one is better than him in the death overs. He might be 37, but his fitness and agility make him one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

Jos Buttler

The Englishman has been one of the most destructive batsmen at the death in recent times. Since the 2015 World Cup, he's been striking at 181.2 in the last 10 overs, more than any player in the final phase of an innings. In the second ODI against Pakistan, Buttler scored a century off just 50 balls.

Chris Gayle

The 39-year-old Jamaican who announced his intentions to retire from ODIs after the World Cup, has been in great form this year. Gayle has scored 424 runs in five ODIs in 2019, with a best score of 162. In the IPL this year, Gayle scored 490 runs and smacked 34 sixes.

Colin Munro

When on song, this explosive left hander can be absolutely ruthless and can score against any opposition. Munro, who has been scoring big in T20s for New Zealand, has an overall strike rate of 105.5 in 50 ODIs.

Fakhar Zaman

The 29-year-old, who holds the record for being the only Pakistani batsman to score an ODI double century, made a strong statement before the World Cup by scoring a 84-ball hundred against England. He has scored 1585 runs a strike rate of 97.83 in 34 ODIs for Pakistan.

Andre Russell

Russell is one of the hardest hitters of the ball among today's batsmen. In IPL 2019, Russell was in tremendous form as he amassed 510 runs in the 14 matches at a breath-taking strike rate of 204. All teams will have special plans ready for Russell when they face the West Indies in the World Cup. 

Hardik Pandya

Scoring 402 runs in 16 matches for Mumbai Indians in this year's IPL, his recent form has been outstanding. The 25-year-old, who has an overall strike rate of 116 in ODIs, is a regular fixture in all formats for India.

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