ICC 2019 World cup: Predicting the Indian cricketers who can shine in each department

India will aim to lift their 3rd World Cup Title this summer
India will aim to lift their 3rd World Cup Title this summer
Krishnan M

Amidst all the chaos and hearsay, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will commence on the 30th May at The Kia Oval, Kennington, London. England and Wales will host the tournament that will last till 14th July 2019.

The format of the championship will be simple round-robin where 10 teams will participate, with each team taking on the other 9 teams and the top 4 teams qualifying for the knockouts. The exhilaration for the tournament is spreading like wildfire among the cricket fans as the World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in the history of world cricket.

The teams have been preparing hard for the tournament as each of them wants to achieve the honorable feat of being the World Champions.

The Indian team is considered to be one of the hot favorites of the upcoming World Cup. Barring the middle order woes, the team looks quite strong in almost every other department. And as the World Cup is around the corner, here are the three probable players who might do well in their respective departments during the World Cup.

Fielding - Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli will be keen to lead from the front in the field
Virat Kohli will be keen to lead from the front in the field

Virat Kohli is arguably the fittest cricketer going around in the cricketing world at the moment. The prolific batsman does not only score a lot of runs with the bat but also saves quite a lot of runs for his side with his athletic fielding. The Delhi-lad's fitness provides him the capability of pulling off some blinders whilst fielding.

Whilst, on one hand, the Indian fans and management will definitely want Virat Kohli to perform well as a Batsman and the captain during the 2019 World Cup, on the other hand, it would be the fielding skills of the Indian skipper that might make a lot of difference during the all important tournament.

Bowling - Mohammed Shami

Mohammad Shami is back with a great hunger
Mohammad Shami is back with a great hunger

Mohammed Shami's journey from the 2015 World Cup to 2019 World Cup has been very inspirational. The last 4 years for the UP-born have been a roller-coaster of emotions.

The lad was exceptional during the 2015 World Cup and was the second highest wicket-taker for India in that tournament. Howbeit, what followed this grand success was a drastic injury. The 28-year had to take a long break owing to injury and was eventually dropped from the white-ball setup.

After the 2015 World Cup, Shami got to play only 5 ODIs in the span of 3 years. But then came the Australian tour of 2019 and the rays of hopes rose again for Mohammed Shami.

India's pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah was rested for a couple of tours and Shami, who was picked in place of Bumrah, grabbed this opportunity with both his hands.

Ever since then, Bengal-cricketer's performance has been stupendous. A series of good performances in successive tours has resulted in him giving tough competition to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, for the spot of the second pacer in the playing XI.

Shami's selection in the World Cup squad looks very certain now and it won't be surprising if he repeats the same kind of performance as he did in the previous World Cup.

Batting - Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has proved his mettle in ICC Tournaments
Shikhar Dhawan has proved his mettle in ICC Tournaments

Shikhar Dhawan has unbelievable stats when we talk about ICC tournaments. The Delhi-lad starts playing in a different league when it comes to crucial matches. Right since U19 days, the Delhi-born-cricketer has proved his mettle during ICC tournaments.

The Southpaw scored 505 runs in seven innings at an average of 84.16 during the 2004 U-19 World Cup. At the international stage, the 33-year-old got to play his first ICC tournament during the Champions Trophy 2013 and he didn't disappoint as he was the highest run-scorer in that tournament having scored 363 runs in 5 innings at an average of 90.75.

Dhawan did well in the 2015 World Cup as well as he scored most number of runs for India in that tournament. During 2017 Champions Trophy, the Gabbar of the Indian team was in scintillating form yet again as he scored 338 runs in 5 innings and finish on top of the run-scorers’ list.

Now, the 12th edition of the World Cup is about to begin and the Indian fans will definitely want Shikhar Dhawan to carry his legacy of ICC tournaments and win the World Cup with his batting.



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