- Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
In the same game that Fernando got his hundred, West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, too, made a scintillating century (118 off 103 balls), albeit in a losing cause. Known as a big-hitting middle-order batsman hitherto—thanks to his whirlwind knocks in the T20 leagues worldwide—Pooran, at this World Cup, showed that he is also adept at holding one end up and arrest his big-hitting impulses if a particular situation demands so.
His patient 63 off 78 balls against England when nobody else around him was able to convert his start into a big score is a prime example of that. Currently twenty-three years of age, Pooran can become a long-term asset for this resurgent Windies team and may feature in two more World Cups, provided he is monitored properly and doesn’t lose his way.
Tournament stats: 9 matches, 367 runs, Avg. 52.42, S/R 100.27, HS 118