Football has Messi-Ronaldo when it comes to advertising the FIFA World Cup. Similarly, Cricket has the likes of Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson and many more.
But no sport can ever survive by simply glorifying the “Big-guns” of the game. The young blood is necessary to make sure the new generation sits in front of the TV to watch the game and to assure everyone that the future of the sport is just as exciting as the present.
And if the 2018 FIFA World Cup had Kylian Mbappe for that, cricket has its own list of debutants. From new Kings of the death bowling to Mr Dependable in the batting order, here are the ten best debutants in World Cup 2019:
10Shai Hope (West Indies):
Since the introduction of the T20 Cricket, West Indians have really made a name for themselves in exceptional hitting. But in that mix, they have rarely found a dependable batsman to bat through the innings. That is where the 25-year old Shai Hope comes in.
The Barbados-born has been the vital cog in the Caribbean batting line-up since his debut in 2016. Hope has scored 2247 runs in 50 innings at an average of 50. In the recently concluded Tri-Series in Ireland, he was named Man of the Series for 470 runs in 5 games. Hope currently sits 4th in the Batting ranking and in the World Cup campaign where West Indies have not much to look forward to, Shai Hope’s performances can bring a smile to their face.