London: India captain Virat Kohli had recently described spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as the “two pillars” of the team’s bowling attack for the ICC World Cup 2019 that started on Thursday (May 30). Now, a former Pakistan captain has tipped Chahal to be the “bowler of the tournament” in England and Wales.

Both Chahal and Yadav will feature in their first 50-over World Cup. The wrist-spin duo has been in good form in the limited-overs formats and Kohli is pinning hopes on the youngsters to deliver on the biggest stage.

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India will face South Africa in their opening match on June 5. In all, the “men in blue” will play nine games in the round robin stage of the 10-team tournament. The top four will go to the semi-finals.

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has predicted that Chahal or Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan would emerge as the best bowler of World Cup 2019. He told this to espncricinfo in a video that was posted on its Twitter page on Friday (May 31).

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He said it was a “tough call” to pick as to who will be the best bowler of the tournament and said it could be either Chahal or Rashid. For the best batsman of the World Cup 2019, he mentioned England opener Jason Roy’s name.

Also, 45-year-old Misbah picked his choice of four semi-finalists for the World Cup. He said India, England, Australia and Pakistan would reach the knockout stage. Also, he said Pakistan and West Indies had in them to spring a surprise in the six-week event.

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