ICC CWC 2019: Team of the tournament
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 began with a lot of controversy due to the scheduling. It was schduled during the early summer in the UK which resulted in quite a few washouts. But once the weather stopped being a massive hurdle, there were some unexpected finishes, great batting and bowling performances and some nail-biting finishes which culminated in an epic final at Lord's.
At the end of 46 days and 48 matches, the winner of 2019 World Cup was declared on boundary count after the final between England and New Zealand was tied at the end of 50 overs and the runs scored in the super over was equal, too. In the end, England lifted their maiden World Cup title but it was a very tough pill to swallow for Williamson’s men.
It has to be said that this was one of the best World Cups tournaments ever. Now, it is time to pick the team of the tournament.
Openers and top order
The stylish right-handed opener from India was scoring hundreds left, right and center at the 2019 World Cup. After the loss of Shikhar Dhawan due to injury at the top of the order, the onus of providing good starts fell on Rohit Sharma and he stood up to the task.
It took a peach of a delivery from Matt Henry to dismiss Rohit Sharma very early in the semifinal and India could not recover from that moment.
Rohit Sharma has become the first player in the history to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup edition, overtaking Kumar Sangakkara’s 4 in 2015. His numbers are quite staggering; 648 runs at an average of 81 with a strike rate of 98.33.
The left-handed opener returned to international cricket after a one-year ban and let the bat do all the talking. The English crowd booed him right from the start but it had very little effect on the Aussie opener. In fact, that spurred him on more to score runs and win games for Australia.
Warner’s 647 runs at an average of 71.88 did not come at his usual pace but the left-hander restricted his natural instincts and delivered consistently as the opener. His powerful strokeplay along with calmness in the middle gave a lot of headaches to the opposition bowlers.
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