Top 3 Team USA Players To Watch Out For In 2020

2019 was a great year for cricket in the USA. Three years after getting expelled, team USA has had their member status restored and started playing on the international stage in 2019. With a new governing body dedicated to taking the game forward and a host of new talent in the team, the future for the game is looking bright. Let’s look at three players who will be playing a key role for the USA side in 2020:

Saurabh Netravalkar

Team captain Saurabh Netravalkar is a zippy left-arm fast-medium bowler with an effective action capable of swinging the ball both ways. His biggest armoury is his consistency of line and length. He has got tremendous ability to hit the seam due to his lovely release of the ball.

Saurabh Netravalkar Namibia v USA, WCL Division Two

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Saurabh nips the new cricket ball off the pitch just enough to throw most batsman in trouble and he makes the batsmen uncomfortable with both the new ball in hand as well as the latter stages of limited-overs cricket.

Saurabh Netravalkar has been former India Under-19 player, software engineer by degree. Saurabh has worked hard to follow his passion. He was part of the India Under-19 World Cup squad of 2010 for India. In fact, Saurabh was India’s highest wicket-taker in the campaign of Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand.

He moved to the USA for his studies where he became Engineer and later on found the job in Oracle. With unique CV with him, he was handed over the captaincy reins where he led the USA side in ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament. The USA finished that tournament as 2nd best. Finishing second overall ensured that the USA will play Division 2 of the ICC World Cricket League.

His numbers suggest that he will take USA cricket furthermore in 2020 and beyond:

 

Matches

Wickets

ODIs

9

13

T20I

2

2

Domestic One Day Games - List A

18

25

 

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Ali Khan

Mohammad Ahsan Ali Khan aka Ali Khan, now a USA national, was born in Attock, Pakistan and grew up in the country before he shifted to the United States with his parents. Having grown up playing street cricket in Pakistan, Ali took the sport with him into the States and continued to play in T20 events in the country.

When the ICC made a move to take cricket forward in the US with an open, it was a blessing for Ali Khan and he got the pathway into the big leagues. Spotted by West Indian legend Courtney Walsh in the open trials, he was immediately selected in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) 15-man squad for a tournament. With his ability to bowl pacey yorkers at will with considerable pace, and his ability to swing the new ball as well as the old, Ali Khan was recognized as an asset. He was immediately drafted into the Caribbean Premier League in 2016.

<p><em>Ali Khan accepts the Man of the Match award for his career-best 5 for 46, Namibia v USA, WCL Division Two

Source: Cricinfo

Ali Khan was selected to play for the United States National cricket team in Division 4 and continues to be the spearhead of the USA bowling attack. A bright future lies ahead for him, as he is still young so as the USA cricket team at the international level. He aspires to take the USA into the Cricket World Cup.

His numbers suggest that he will take USA cricket furthermore in 2020 and beyond:

 

Matches

Wickets

ODIs

1

1

T20s

13

17

Domestic One Day Games – List A

3

6

 

Xavier Marshall

Xavier Marshall is a former West Indian top-order batsman who made his Test debut when he was just 19 years old. He appeared for West Indies from 2005-2009 then he immigrated to the USA in 2013.

Named as West Indies Youth Cricketer of the Year in 2005, Marshall’s obvious potential has been on display in the New York region where he scored loads of runs at club level. His experience against some of the best teams in the world will be a welcome addition to the USA squad.

“His first assignment with Team USA is bringing him back to the Caribbean for the Cricket West Indies Super50 competition and his presence will bring some strong local knowledge to the squad.”

Xavier Marshall walks out at the start of play for USA's first ODI on home soil, USA v Papua New Guinea, CWC League Two tri-series

Source: Cricinfo

Although he played his last Test Match 11 years ago, Xavier is only 31 years old and has plenty of time left in his career. He has enough time and talent to play a big role in the Red, White, and Blue of the USA cricket.

His numbers suggest that he will take USA cricket furthermore in 2020 and beyond:

 

Matches

Runs

First Class

34

1397

T20s

28

471

Domestic One Day Games – List A

81

1666

 

USA cricket is still in its nascent age. The year 2020 is crucial for them as they will be playing ICC World Cricket League (WCL) matches. However, the abovementioned three players are the backbone of the USA side. They lay the foundation and whole US squad banks on them due to their sheer talent and experience.

Feature image source: USA Official Twitter