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5 batsmen who can become the leading run-scorer in 2019 World Cup

Babar Azam has been a consistent performer for Pakistan in the 50-over format
Babar Azam has been a consistent performer for Pakistan in the 50-over format
gopal anand
Modified 09 Jan 2019, 10:49 IST
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With every passing day, the 2019 World Cup is getting closer. Teams are resting important players, trying new players and probably doing everything they feel would work for them in the mega event. As a precaution, certain teams are not allowing their key players to participate in the full season of the IPL as it finishes just days before the biggest tournament in cricket.

The 2019 World Cup will witness numerous modern-day greats facing off against each other in an attempt to win the coveted trophy for their country. Here are five star batsmen who can become the leading run-scorer in cricket's premier tournament to be held in England & Wales.

#5 Babar Azam

Babar Azam can definitely be considered a lone shining spot in recent times for Pakistan cricket. Although only 24, he is already on track to be one of the greatest Pakistani batsmen ever.

Babar has scored 2267 runs in 54 ODIs at an impressive average of 51.25 with 8 centuries to his name. The fact that he plays most of his cricket in UAE, where run scoring isn't that easy due to sluggish pitches, makes his record more appreciable.

Currently ranked fifth in ICC's rankings for ODI batsmen, Babar has proved that he has the game to score in challenging conditions. In the ongoing Test series in South Africa, he has looked in great touch against the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

Babar might not have the power to smash big sixes but a career ODI strike-rate of 84.77 proves that he can score runs briskly. Pakistan's batting lineup has been struggling for a long time and they would dearly hope that their star batsman can come good in the global tournament.

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Published 09 Jan 2019, 10:49 IST
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