The opening party of biggest ICC Tournament has already commenced and all the 10 teams are ready to begin their campaign eyeing at the title of World Champions. ICC World Cup 2019 will feature many great players who will certainly break records that everyone imagined to remain untouched. With the immense talent that will be on display on English soil in this World Cup, let us formulate a dream11 team for the World Cup 2019.
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. The right-handed batsman is entering has already entered his prime and showed a capability to single-handedly win matches, scoring big hundreds. He possesses the record of highest score by an English batsman in ODIs (180 against Aus).
With the World Cup this time being held in England and Wales, Jason Roy is definitely a batsman to open the innings in the dream11 for the World Cup.
The left-handed Australian opener is returning to international cricket after the one year ban. It’s been more than a year since he last scored runs in yellow and green and the man is definitely hungrier than ever for runs. Talking about his hunger for runs, Warner was on an absolute tear in the IPL 2019. He scored 692 runs in the 10 innings that he opened for his side Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Australian legend Brett Lee has backed David Warner to emerge as the player of the tournament in this World Cup. “He looks hungry – batting the best I’ve ever seen him bat,” Brett Lee told foxsports.com.au at Fox Cricket’s World Cup launch. “It was a more – I use the word ‘hungry’ because you can see it in his eyes and the shots he played,” Lee added. David Warner scored 345 runs at 49.28 in the last edition of the mega-event. He will resume his ODI career on Sat against Afghanistan with 4,343 ODI runs at 43.43 and 14 centuries.
3Virat Kohli (Captain)
The dream11 for this World Cup will be incomplete without the GOAT himself. Virat has been in the form of his life. He has escalated his performance and talent to new heights whenever people have questioned his ability. He ranks number 1 in the ICC ODI rankings for best batsmen. Also, he is averaged an astonishing 133.55 in the 14 ODIs last season that too at a strike rate of 102.55. Virat created history last season when he won all the 3 major ICC Awards, Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year, and ODI player of the Year. He is undoubtedly the captain of any dream team of cricket.
4Steve Smith (Vice-Captain)
The former Australian captain is making his return to international cricket after the one-year suspension. His top form ahead of the mega-event was on the display in the warm-up match against England. The hosts looked helpless when the right-handed batsman was in beautiful touch as he scored 116 off 102 balls. The 29-year old happens to look in the top of his form as if he never left. He is absolute run-getter and match-winner to be counted on.
A hard-hitting Wicket Keeper Batsman is what any team would be asking for to boost the score in death overs. Jos Buttler is a right-handed English batsman who can keep the wickets pretty well. Having played in the English conditions, his experience to grab the ball behind the stumps in swingy English conditions is what makes him a top choice in the dream11 team for this World Cup. In 131 ODI matches that he has played, he has scored 3531 runs with a strike rate of 119.57 which is highest among all top 20 scoring English Batsman in ODI. His ability to single-handedly change the course of a match in the middle overs seals his spot in the dream11 team for the World Cup.
Andre Russell is the synonym of destruction after his ruthless performances in the IPL 2019. He took the world by surprise many times in the death overs of the shortest format. Destroying bowler’s careers and pulling off the impossible seemed pretty easy for the 30-year old West Indies all-rounder. He scored 510 runs in 13 innings at a strike rate of 204.81. Russell gave hints about the upcoming destructive performances in the World Cup by a 23 ball half-century in the warm-up match against New Zealand on Tuesday. To go along with his destructive batting, Russell can also chip in some economical overs. He has taken 65 wickets in the 51 innings that he has bowled at an economy of 5.87.
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.
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 the last world cup. He finished the 2015 ICC World Cup with most wickets (22) including a match-winning 5-27 against Australia. Also, he 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. The 29-year old left-arm pacer in favourable English conditions is exactly what is needed with the new ball.
Kagiso Rabada is a South African right-arm pace machine. He has proven up to the expectations of the world with his top performances in recent years. The 24-year old has just started with his ODI career and has already hit the 100 wicket mark in 64 matches. He currently ranks 5th in the ICC rankings for best bowlers in ODIs. Rabada has the ability to swing the ball conventionally as well as seam it off the wicket. He can surprise the batsman with the scrambled seam deliveries. With his effective death bowling and killer wicket-taking abilities, he is among the top bowlers of the world who would be interesting to watch in the World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah is a 25-year old right-arm unorthodox fast bowler. With his short run-up and weird bowling action, he has been a very economical and most effective bowler in recent years. He ranks 1st in the ICC ODI rankings for the best bowler from a long time. He has been a problem for the batsman around the world in the death overs with his accuracy and bowling IQ. His toe-crushing yorkers and surprise bouncers are unanswerable. He does not give any room to the batsman for free-hitting. Bumrah is the most lethal weapon in the death overs which makes him an automatic selection in the dream11 team for the World Cup.
The right-arm leg spinner has made his position in this team through his bag of variations. The 28-year old spinner has been the go-to bowler for skipper Virat Kohli in Indian domination in the 50-over format this season. When it comes to bowling and baffling batsmen, Chahal likes to lure batsmen to leave the crease and hit the slow juicy flighted deliveries. The ball, more often than not, ends up in keeper’s gloves for an easy stumping. The leggie also has the ability to bowl the wrong one (Googly) in between the overs to keep the batsman judging. Chahal has registered some great bowling performances since the 2017 Champion’s Trophy, being very effective in England. His top form has earned him this spot in the dream11 of this World Cup.