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Top 5 Cricket World Cup batsmen


With the Cricket World Cup being in the format of a One Day International (ODI), explosive batsmen are a must for each team. Here are the top 5 batsmen to look out for in this year’s edition of the Cricket World Cup.


AB De Villiers (South Africa)
“O Captain! My Captain!” will be the cry as this Pretoria-born cricketer heads into the Cricket World Cup in red-hot form. Ranked as the number two batsmen in test and number one in ODI cricket, South Africa’s hopes of lifting the cup could be placed squarely on the captain’s shoulders. After De Villiers’ record breaking masterful batting display, where he notched up the fastest ODI century in history off just 31 balls, his shoulders might just be broad enough for the load.


Virat Kholi (India)
Passionate and aggressive are two words that have been used to describe Kohli. Defending champions India will be looking to their young master batsman to knock them into the final of the world cup yet again so as to replicate their 2011 success on the Indian sub-continent.


Hashim Amla (South Africa)
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call this South African cricketer of Indian-descent the “silent assassin” of the South African team, quietly knocking the balls away with exquisite tech­nique and an unshakable tempera­ment. Amla has won the hearts of all cricket fans with his cricketing displays and his ability to keep the score-board ticking over.


George Bailey (Australia)
This talented Aussie cricketer uses his mastery of the cricket bat to cause destruction all over the pitch, while maintaining the poise required of a vice-captain to inspire his fellow teammates. With Australia being a co-host, he will surely be out to make a statement by racking up the runs.


Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Always graceful with the bat, Sangak­kara has over the years been a me­thodical and accomplished batsman. Being able to connect beautifully with the ball does not take away from his hunger for runs, as he is also not shy when the time comes to knock a few over the heads of fielders. He will surely be a man to watch.


The top 5 ODI batsmen. Image: Brandon Dlamini

ICC debutants to look out for in the upcoming Cricket World Cup


With Cricket World Cup fever hitting Perdeby, we decided to take a look at players who will be making their world cup debut at this year’s tourna­ment. Young and hungry, these are players that are either new to the team or are fringe players who have the po­tential to make a difference for their countries come the commencement of the competition on 14 February 2015.


Patrick Cummins
Age: 21
Country: Australia
Bowling style: Right arm fast
Major teams: Kolkata Knight Riders
The new pace-driven bowler will be looking to exploit the home ground advantage to its fullest as he looks to help restore the Australian dominance in ICC events. With pitches well suited to his raw bounce and pace, this World Cup debutant is a promising prospect for the co-hosts.


Ehsan Adil
Age: 21
Country: Pakistan
Bowling style: Right arm medium
Batting style: Right-handed
Major teams: Faisalabad Wolves
Having represented Pakistan in the u/19 world cup in Australia, the young fast bowler’s experience will be valuable to the Pakistan bowling attack if they are to be a contender during the tournament.


Quinton de Kock
Age: 22
Country: South Africa
Batting style: Left-handed
Position: Wicketkeeper
Major teams: Delhi Daredevils
Having also played in the u/19 Cricket World Cup in Australia, De Kock will bring his experience and an aggressive batting style to the game. He will be keeping wicket for the South African outfit, who are also favourites to take the crown. He is one of the fan favourites for the team and will be hoping for a successful tournament, having just come off a long-term injury.


Jason Holder
Age: 23
Country: West Indies
Bowling style: Right arm medium fast
Batting style: Right–handed
Major teams: Barbados Tridents
Having been appointed as the new West Indies captain, the young fast bowler has the responsibility of leading an erratic West Indian side and will be depending on senior players if the islanders are to perform well throughout the competition. He will also be spearheading the fast bowling attack and, together with the powerful batting order, he could be a dark horse to look out for.


Freddie Coleman
Age: 23
Country: Scotland
Batting style: Right-handed
Major teams: Warwickshire
The right-handed batsman has been representing his country from the tender age of 12. With his talent developing with every innings, he will be hoping to put on a good showing for his country in order to be selected in the starting 11 for the competition consistently


Photo: Brandon Dlamini and Hendro van der Merwe

International football round-up


 The dust has settled after Germany won the Fifa World Cup in Brazil a few months ago and the time has come for national sides to yet again prove themselves worthy to compete in continental tournaments.

Across the globe, national football sides took part in international friendlies and qualification matches for each continent’s knockout tournament. Most eyes were focused on the Euro 2016 qualifiers, which delivered some rather interesting results.

Read more: International football round-up

Rugby World Cup 2015 preview


 With less than a year left before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Perdeby takes a sneak peek at some of the teams and players predicted to light up the occasion. Next year’s tournament looks set to be yet another tight affair, keeping in mind that the Webb Ellis Cup has only ever exchanged hands among four teams.

Undoubtedly the “group of death”, pool A, will play host to a titanic battle for the top spot. England are expected to finish this group on top as they relish the home ground advantage, with Rugby League convert Kyle Eastmond and Harlequins winger Marland Yarde adding attacking impetus to the English backline. Australia has been experiencing a bad patch of form recently but can’t be written off with fullback Israel Folau still in the mix. Wales finished fourth at the most recent world cup and will be looking to go further this time around. Winger George North will be looking to emulate fellow player Shane Williams at next year’s world cup as he leads the Welsh attack.

Read more: Rugby World Cup 2015 preview

Barclays Premier League as it stands


For football fans, the thrill of the Barclays Premier League is one they cannot contain and with such an exciting start to the league, it comes as no surprise that so many fans are glued to their screens during league weekends.

Chelsea have come out guns blazing this season with performances that have seen them fixed first on the league table. The summer signings, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, have linked well to create and score four goals in seven games, one of them against Arsenal in the Stamford Bridge clash. Costa is also on top of the goal scorer’s list with nine goals in this season. With seven games played in the league so far, Chelsea is yet to lose after six wins and one draw.

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