Team-wise Destructive Player
Team-wise destructive player: A term that has evolved over the recent years, prominently because of the T20 premier leagues that are being sought after. From the era of displaying a classic shot to brutal hitting and clearing the boundaries with ease is what preferred now. There is always an argument between the experts with respect to these abilities. Some would say that they are technically not sound but given the list of names there arises contradiction. A modern-day batsman would rely on power but the fact being that power is not the only source of hard-hitting, there is a sheer brilliance of execution required to do the hard-hitting tasks. There goes an endless debate as to why a particular batsman is not considered, to be certain this is the best hard hitters whose presence can dismantle the opposition’s mind and body.
#1. David Warner (Australia)
The Defending champions are ready to roar again back to great form just at the right time, so as Warner who seems to be unstoppable at the moment. Warner and IPL have a better love story than twilight, in what could have been the end of career after getting banned could turn into another way looking at his breathtaking performance in the recently concluded IPL. It was clear that his absence was hurting Sunrisers Hyderabad in the later stage. After seizing the Orange Cap for the third time(the most by an individual) with 692 runs at a same average. The thought of “Never Give Up” irrespective of your past actions is what matters and he would be conveying the same message to the world through his performances in the coming world cup. It would be an absolute pleasure for Warner and Australian Fans if he shows the same intensity as of IPL.
#2. Jos Butler (England)
The new age MSD is probably what suits him the best, Irrespective of the format that he plays he has proven himself again and again. With his stellar performances, he galvanizes the crowd into his own. With ever-growing fame of T20 franchise around the world, he is considered to be England’s First ever Global T20 Superstar. Not only T20, even in ODI’s he has an astonishing average of 80.25 in 2019 for England. After playing good amount of cricket as an opener he was famed to be as swashbuckling opener, this would not be the same as his batting position is often changed but his stances remain same Performance is not the only factor that is seen for adding him into this list, but also he brings up mixture of class and power which steers his team to the driver’s seat till he is at crease. The current vice-captain of England is the hot favorite Player to look out for as is their team.
Team-wise Destructive Player: When asked where does the power of hard-hitting comes from? We definitely look at Gayle, Russell and can think of it as only due to their bulk body that it was possible. There emerged a man out of the equation real surprise being was an Indian; Hardik famously known as kungfu Pandya who could belt down the bowlers and rise to the occasion at any stage. His hat trick of sixes in all the formats is one of the rare feats he has achieved, not to forget his bowling effort against Bangladesh which made him Hero and the arrival of genuine fast bowling Allrounder for India was announced after waiting for long time. After his controversial comments in the TV show, he was suspended from the Indian Cricket Team even though it was for a brief time but it made a huge impact in his personal life. But sooner he was out of that situation and came back even stronger this time conveying a much stronger message to the world. With strike rate around 200 in the IPL 2019 which looked to be a trailer of what Pandya can do, let us wish he continues and bring laurels to India.
#4. Andre Russell (Windies)
The Carribean’s are known for their individual performances rather than collective. It has been seen over the years that every time someone gives the mind-blowing performance to edge past opposition. This time with bit surprise Andre Dwayne Russell is a must in this list compared to Gayle, he is one of the powerful strikers in limited overs cricket. In order to bring better out of a cricketer, there should be a good atmosphere which doesn’t seem to be there in windies, hoping Nic and Floyd provide that and give them freedom of action. Even though he has not played a major role in West Indies line up until now is the time to prove his mettle at the greatest cricket stage of World Cup. As evident in his IPL performance whose glimpse flashes through mind where he singlehandedly helped KKR to cross the line most of the time. He has scored 510 runs at a blistering strike rate over 200 and has the ability to slaughter any ball (in and out of his radar) into the crowds. .
#5. Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)
Team-wise Destructive Player: Pakistan is a team that definitely lacks a quality hitter at the death overs who can sail them through the line at times if the middle order fails. Nonetheless, Fakhar Zaman is the best available, On his day he would not only play a pivotal role in the batting unit but has the capability to accelerate the rate of scoring with his thunderbolt shots. With an average of 40+ in ODI’s and a strike rate over 100 he is the one that his team to believe in and provide ample opportunities. His back to back scores against England is the kind of ones that he should be looking after to improve his side winning chances.
#6. Colin Munro (New Zealand)
There are quite a few talents in New Zealand who can captivate the hard-hitting quality, out of them Munro is one of those blokes who is in a race to prove his mettle. He has been with the team for some time now with his not so famous knocks, but he is the one to look out for in this world cup who will bring in lots of positives to the team with his ability to strike the ball clean and clear. He has been constantly having good starts but not converting them is what he is failing at. Once he is in tempo and rhythm we could see altogether a different mode as he can shift the gears with much ease.
#7. David Miller (South Africa)
“Experience is the greatest teacher in life” and that is the mantra which South Africa team believes in considering the fact that they still rely on David Miller for the finishing touch that is required at games. His fielding skills are in addition to the team’s quality, who can cover the long grounds in England in much lesser time which cannot be left unspoken about. His calm head and aggressive batting is a combination that should be looked at tough situations. His clean striking skill may have diminished, just like Gayle on any given day he could turn out to be a nightmare to the opposition.
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Team-wise Destructive Player: One of the highly rated All-rounders in the present generation is Thisara Perera. At the beginning of his career, he was aptly playing his role, until there was some continuous shuffling of his batting position which not only changed his fortune but also his form started dipping. The heroic knock of 22 off 10 deliveries during the 2011 world cup final match made him added in the list of superstars. His captaincy added a fair bit of Luck to the team’s good performance but not for a long time, implying that the long run in the dressing room of Srilanka was cut short. Once the burden of captaincy was removed, he was much relieved as he went on to score a maiden hundred against New Zealand after playing for a decade. That was the ignition for redefining his career as he started to score runs consistently despite the team’s dismal show. The ability to hit the ball out of parks with sheer power is what makes him still the best Srilankan to be considered as the hard hitter.
#9. Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)
Mohammad Mahmudullah known for his handy contributions to the team at times when it requires most is certainly an addition into the list, when there is still a doubt on his place in playing XI, It would be interesting to see what offerings he is to provide given the recent form. He is certainly an onus for any team as he brings the team the stability of batting down the lower order and can give a few extra overs when your full-time bowlers are not at best. He Can come in and chip away some wickets in the middle overs. He has the experience which is an asset in the tournaments like these. As far as they give him more opportunities, he can gather more time and confidence to play a vital role.
#10. Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
The newbie to the school of hard hitter’s list. While there may be debate over Shahzad and Nabi, its only evidence that the likes of Nabi bring in the factor of experience in pressure situations at the big stage of the world cup. The way he swings his bat freely with the correct timing and use of feet is what makes a clean hitter of the ball. Many would think that he is an unorthodox batsman but he plays the cricketing shots with as good technique as any pure batsmen do. The role that he has to play for Afghanistan has only got higher after his recent performances in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Team-wise Destructive Player: There are many who are considered to be hard hitters other than the list mentioned above. Hitting the ball hard is not just about muscle power, more important is the timing and the Direction you want to send it in. In recent times, we judge the hitters based on their ability to clear the boundary ropes with much ease but there is more to add onto. The momentum, freeing their arms, timing is the calculations that go through batsmen mind. Irrespective of the team they play for the audience will always be entertained as far as the great cricketing shots are seen.