ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ranking the batsmen of the 10 teams
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to get underway from May 30 and the teams have been in full preparation to get their squads and selections right for the tournament. The IPL has been preponed to give players time to recover before the World Cup but most teams want their players back before May 1 and this may very well dent the popularity of this year's edition.
With the World Cup being held in England, one thing which is quintessential for each team will be their batting lineup. In such a big tournament like this, consistency will be key, especially from the top order.
In this segment, we will rank the batsmen of the top 10 teams.
Note: Players batting at No.1, 2, 3 and 4 have been considered as top order batsmen
Afghanistan's rise in limited overs' cricket in the past few years has been tremendous to watch and them qualifying for the World Cup is good news for cricket fans. They last played an ODI game in September 2018 and have been training for the World Cup ever since.
Their spin attack is certainly one of the best but otherwise, they don't have many players who stand out. While their middle order can hang in, their top order of batsmen aren't in that league of top batsmen.
Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammed Shahzad have been getting some action in T20 leagues but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to survive the tough competition of the World Cup. Hasmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah are good batsmen but Afghanistan will have to perform miracles if they want to convince others that their batting order is a strong one.