How will they perform? © Getty Images
How will they perform? © Getty Images

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 saw a lot of players putting their hands up and performing very well, some of whom are set to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. Nikhil Popat picks out five players who were outstanding in the World Cup and will be the players to watch out for in the IPL 2015.

1. Trent Boult: The left-arm pace bowler from New Zealand shot to fame with his magnificent bowling performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Trent Boult was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, tied with Mitchell Starc at 22 wickets. He was one of the pillars of the success for New Zealand in the mega event. He has been drafted in by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the IPL 2015. He’ll get to bowl along with Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been superb for them till date. It will also be a good learning experience for Boult after his superb run with the ball at home.

2. Steven Smith: The Australian mainstay has had a prolific season with the bat and has taken his game to another level. In the Test series against India, he amassed 769 runs at a stunning average of 128.16.  He scored 402 runs in seven games at an average of 67 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He also became the first person to post five consecutive scores of over fifty in as many World Cup games. He has been a crucial member of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) set up and will hope to continue scoring in the same vein in the shortest format of the game.

3. Brendon McCullum: The New Zealand captain has been a part of the IPL since long. It was his magnificent 158 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the very first day of the tournament. It lit up the stage and set the tournament rolling but post that knock, there haven’t been many noticeable innings from McCullum. He and Dwayne Smith came together to open for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last year. They had some tremendous partnerships at the top of the order. McCullum has been in great form for some time. He led the Black Caps very well in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. His aggressive batting and field settings were a refreshing sight for every cricket lover. Playing for CSK, he does not have to worry about captaincy and he will want to play with freedom and ensure he gets the big scores this time around.

4. AB de Villiers: People have started to run out of adjectives to describe the batting skills of AB de Villiers. The Proteas skipper has been in rich vein of form and led his team well in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He’s been an integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) set up. He has had a couple of brilliant knocks coming down the order. He bats at No.4 for them which doesn’t give him the chance to make the big scores but he can surely turn the game around with a quick cameo. He will want to ensure he carries his hitting form into IPL. He was distraught when South Africa were knocked out in the semi-final against New Zealand. Success in the IPL cannot fill in for that, but it will certainly help him feel a little better.

5. Mohammed Shami: The Indian pace bowler has leapfrogged ranks in recent years in coloured clothing. IPL though remains the stage where he is yet to take off. He is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs since 2014. He was the second highest wicket-taker for India in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 just behind Umesh Yadav (18) with 17 wickets. He has been performing well for India off late and will wish to emulate that for Delhi Daredevils (DD) to help them win their maiden title.