The mega-event of cricket, the ICC World Cup 2019 has already begun in England and Wales. All the 10 teams have reached England with their eyes on the silverware. The Round Robin League format shall be followed in this edition of the tournament and all the teams would be looking to keep their level of performance up without injuring themselves in the 46 days long cricketing extravaganza. Although it will always be a topic of intense debate when it comes to deciding the best player in cricket, each team has its own best to look up to. Let us have a look at the best players in World Cup 2019 from each team:
10Virat Kohli | India
Indian team is entering the world cup as one of the favourites. They have their share of high performing individuals when it comes to ODIs. The skipper, Virat Kohli will still be their best bet in jagging up high scores and chasing down big totals. Kohi has proven his worth time and again performing consistently at the highest level ever seen. He ranks number 1 in the ICC ODI rankings for best batsmen. Also, he is averaged an astonishing 133.55 in 14 ODIs that too at a strike rate of 102.55. Indian top order comprising Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and King Kohi himself will be key to India’s success in the tournament.
9Trent Boult | New Zealand
Trent Boult currently ranks 2nd in the ICC rankings for best bowlers in ODIs. He was one of the key reasons for New Zealand’s success in lasts world cup. He finished the 2015 ICC World Cup with 22 wickets in 9 innings including a match-winning 5-27 against Australia. The 29-year old will be leading New Zealand’s pace attack in favourable English conditions. He also played a key role in the warm-up game against India on Saturday, dismissing 3 of India’s 4 top order batsmen, including both the openers very early into the game.
8Faf du Plessis | South Africa
The South African skipper is definitely a man to watch out for in this edition of the world cup. Energy is always contagious and when you see your captain giving all he’s got on the field, doing Superman things in fielding, a young team will definitely put in the efforts to play the best they can. Talking about his batting, the man ranks at 6th position in the ICC ODI ranking for batsmen. He is a genuine threat to any bowling attack around the world. Being a versatile and gutsy player, he can bat in the top as well as middle order.
7Shai Hope | West Indies
Shai Diego Hope has taken the world of cricket by surprise with his consistent batting performances. The right-handed batsman currently ranks at number 4 in the ODI rankings. The 25-year-old Barbadian who will be playing in his first world cup has played 50 innings scoring 2247 runs averaging 51.06. He has been escalating his numbers and rank since the beginning of his ODI career in 2016. With his brilliant technique and temperament, he should be able to bring some noteworthy performances in English conditions.
6Jason Roy | England
Jason Jonathan Roy is an in-form top order batsman for England. He had been on an absolute tear in the recently concluded Eng vs Pak series. His aggressive opening performances laid the foundation of huge run chases that were never seen so frequently on the English soil. Roy has matured a lot in his batting in the recent years and English batting would rely a lot on the 28-year-old’s form. The right-handed batsman showed positive signs in the warm-up match against Afghanistan on Monday. He scored a fast 89 of 46 balls scoring more than half of the 161 run target.
5David Warner | Australia
It’s been more than a year since we last saw him playing in the yellow and green since last March’s Capetown fiasco. Warner was on an absolute tear in the 2019 IPL season. He scored 692 runs in the 10 innings. Australian legend Brett Lee believes that he is up for the player of the tournament going into this World Cup. He says that the 32-year-old opener is more hungry coming off the suspension. There’s a visible growth in his maturity, shot selection and patience on the field. The left-handed batsman will be seen opening the innings for Australia. He scored 345 runs at 49.28 in the last edition of the mega-event.
4Babar Azam | Pakistan
Babar Azam is ranked 7th in the ICC ODI ranking for batsmen and averages 51.7 runs. The 24-year-old is a consistent performer for Pakistan cricket team. He has been called Virat Kohli of Pakistan by the Australian legend and 2015’s World Champion skipper, Michael Clarke. The right-handed batsman is Pakistan’s future in batting and everyone in the Pakistani squad must have high expectations from him.
3Rashid Khan | Afghanistan
Rashid Khan is a 20-year-old all-rounder who has taken the world by surprise in the last couple of years. Currently ranks 2nd in the ICC ODI ranking for all-rounders, he made it to the top through his brilliant performances in the format. He also ranks 3rd in the ICC ranking for best bowlers. The 20-year-old has proven his place in international cricket by giving consistent performances. In the 59 matches that he has played, he has already taken 125 wickets at an unbelievable economy of 3.9.
2Shakib Al Hasan | Bangladesh
Shakib has to be the biggest name emerged from Bangladeshi soil in the cricketing world. A genuine all-rounder, currently ranking 1st in the ICC ODI rankings for best all-rounders, has helped Bangladesh Cricket team to reach new heights in the past decade. Playing in his 4th world cup tournament, his experience will come handy to the Tigers. In fact, the 32-year-old will soon join very few international all-rounders of all-time to have scored 5000 runs and taken 250 wickets in ODI cricket.
1Angelo Mathews | Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews is the only Sri Lankan player to feature in the top 10 players in all 3 lists (batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders) of ODI cricket. He ranks 10th in the all-rounder category. The 32-year-old has played in 204 matches scoring 5381 runs and 114 wickets for his side. He led the Sri Lankan squad to the to Quarterfinals of ICC World Cup 2015 where they got eliminated by South Africa.
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