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Will all-rounders make an impact in the 2015 World Cup?

Source: ANI
January 29, 2015 11:26 IST
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Corey Anderson of New Zealand attempts to field

Corey Anderson of New Zealand attempts to field. Photograph: Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has claimed that the all-rounders are a massive part of a squad and knows the impact he and a few others in the big teams can have in the World Cup, that gets underway next month.

The all-rounders are a hot target as Indian Premier League franchises go to war at auction, and they have been put up for sale at skyrocketing prices to near seven figures. And with the World up around the corner, one of the all-rounders could well become the deciding figure in the final t the Melbourne Cricket round on March 29.

Anderson shined with both bat and ball in Dunedin last weekend to help New Zealand record clinch an unbeaten 4-1 lead against Sri Lanka in the seven-match ODI series and put his name on the forefront of the all rounder queue.

Corey Anderson of New Zealand celebrates

Corey Anderson of New Zealand celebrates scoring a century. Photograph: Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

The former holder of the fastest ODI century off 36 balls, before it was beaten by AB de Villiers this month, displayed his dominant form in January this year following a flat 2014.

Anderson claimed that the all-rounders are a massive part, adding that there are pretty friendly wickets from what they have seen and there are pretty high scores being chased. He said that it's a massive advantage if guys can bowl 4-5 overs then bat and score 40-50.

James Faulkner of Australia

James Faulkner of Australia celebrates taking a wicket. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Anderson said that Australia has a player like James Faulkner who has been a quality finisher and Glenn Maxwell is dangerous too. He also added that Pakistan's Shahid Afridi is always trying to smash quick runs or getting wickets.

The all-rounders will go head to head at the IPL auction but Anderson wasn't interested in matching up with any of them.

Anderson claims that if he can do his job in the New Zealand squad that's the only thing he has to worry about. He added that if he starts looking over the fence at other guys that's when one starts getting a bit panicky and goes off their own gameplan.

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