Dubai, Feb 4: West Indies' legend Sir Vivian Richards, winner of two World Cups, has revealed his list of players to watch out for, at the 2015 edition of the major tournament.
Virat Kohli is the only Indian to feature in Richards' top-9 list that includes two Australians. The West Indian has picked 7 batsmen and 2 bowlers ahead of the tournament which starts on February 14.
"The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be a competitive and intriguing tournament, showcasing the world's best cricketing talent in Australia and New Zealand. The fans will get to enjoy a wide range of batting and bowling styles.
"In no particular order then, these are my players to watch out for in this coming tournament," Richards wrote for International Cricket Council's (ICC) website today.
"I have to begin with AB de Villiers, who has just re-written the record books with the fastest ODI century. The more I watch him, the more it feels like I am watching myself bat. He looks very comfortable at the crease," he said.
On Kohli, he wrote, "The other batsman I am looking forward to seeing in the coming weeks is Virat Kohli. At such a young age he has twice the number of ODI centuries than in Tests and he is such a confident player in limited-overs.
"It is not to say he isn't so in the longer format, but I really like his aggressive style in ODI cricket. Look at the way he started his career, and the batsman he has already become today, he is simply magnificent in whatever little time he has played so far. He is only going to get better and better, and add to his list of achievements."
Richards' top-9 players to watch out at World Cup 2015
1. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
2. Virat Kohli (India)
3. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
4. Steve Smith (Australia)
5. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
6. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
7. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
8. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
9. Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan)