World Cup 2023 – 5 Bowlers Who Could Take a Hat-trick

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The ODI World Cup 2023 is not going to be only about the batters. A few bowlers can also make a mark; in fact, some can take hat tricks in the upcoming ODI World Cup. We will look at the five bowlers who can turn the heat on with the ball.

5 Bowlers Who Can Take Hat-Tricks in the World Cup 2023

There is no shortage of quality bowlers in the World Cup 2023. Though Test cricket is considered the ultimate challenge for a bowler, the emergence of T20 cricket has made it difficult for bowlers to keep batters at bay. We have shortlisted five bowlers who could wreak havoc: 

  • Mitchell Starc
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Trent Boult
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi

Here’s a brief look at the possible hat-trick contenders at the World Cup 2023: 

Mitchell Starc

One of the most ruthless bowlers in the world, Mitchell Starc, has been the top wicket-taker in both the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups. In 2015, he accounted for 22 wickets. Four years later, he was even better, picking up 27 wickets.

In the 2023 ODI World Cup warm-up match, he picked a hat-trick against the Netherlands. All these are perfect signs moving into the ODI World Cup, where Starc can be ruthless with the new ball. His ability to swing the ball into the right-handers makes him ruthless.

Jasprit Bumrah

With a slingshot action, India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, can effectively bowl those deadly yorkers. Bumrah can vary his pace, which often proves fatal for the batters since they cannot gauge the pace on offer. It is here that the Ahmedabad-born cricketer deceives them with his slower balls. 

Bumrah, who has a hat-trick in Test cricket, will be playing his second ODI World Cup. He will be bowling with the new ball and coming back to bowl in the middle overs. At death, too, he is effective and has a clear-cut chance of picking up a hat-trick. 

Mohammed Shami

Remember, in the 2019 ODI World Cup, Shami picked up a hat-trick against Afghanistan? He becomes a different beast with the new ball as he moves it both ways. Plus, he has raw pace at his disposal, which makes the ball kick midway through the pitch. 

The Gujarat Titans pace will have the home advantage in the ODI World Cup as he has bowled on these pitches several times. Shami has played in the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups. In this tournament, he might be relegated to the bench as Rohit Sharma prefers Mohammed Siraj and Bumrah, while Hardik Pandya will likely be the third pace option.

Trent Boult

Like Shami, Trent Boult has already accounted for an ODI World Cup hat-trick. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, he picked up a hat-trick against arch-rivals Australia. And that was not all, as he had picked up another hat-trick, which came against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi a year earlier. 

Boult has an excellent strike rate with the new ball and has the uncanny ability to swing the ball into the right-hander, which adds to the confusion. At 34, the New Zealand international is at the peak of his powers and would like to make the most of his experience. If he can get a couple of wickets early, he can hit the bull’s eye.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)

Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi is equally relentless with the new ball. The tall pacer has two things that make him different from the rest. Firstly, he has the height from which he extracts the bounce from docile pitches, and secondly, the 23-year-old is a southpaw because he creates an angle into the right-handers, which is hard to avoid. 

The youngster hasn’t taken any hat-tricks in international cricket, but he was outstanding in England’s T20 Blast, where he picked up four wickets in the first over. He is the first bowler to pick up four wickets in the opening over of a T20 game. Afridi shouldn’t be taken lightly, as he can be deadly with the new ball.

Concluding Thoughts

These five bowlers are at the peak of their powers and can be a different beast with the new ball in their hands. Most of the bowlers like Shaheen and Boult usually create an angle into the right-hander, which is hard to escape, but guys like Bumrah bring something else to the table, like the slower-ball yorkers, etc.

Also Read: 5 Afghanistan Players to Watch Out for World Cup 2023

FAQs about 5 Bowlers who could take a Hat-trick

How many hat-tricks have Trent Boult taken in ODIs?

Trent Boult has two hat-tricks in ODIs. He took his first hat-trick against Pakistan in 2018, while the second came against Australia in the 2019 World Cup. 

Which player took a hat-trick in a World Cup 2023 warm-up match?

Mitchell Starc took a hat-trick against the Netherlands in the World Cup 2023 warm-up match in Trivandrum.