ICC World Cup 2019: 4 batsmen to watch out for
The ICC World Cup 2019 is set to begin on 30th May with the hosts England taking on South Africa at the Kia Oval in London. All the teams will play against each other and the top four will make into the semifinals. The final will be played at Lord's, London on 14th July.
The teams have time until the 23rd of May to make changes and announce their final squad for the tournament. Most of the players selected are certain to fly to England, and have started their preparations already.
If the recently concluded WI-Ire-Ban series and Eng-Pak series are any indication, the then this is going to be a batsmen's World Cup. The pitches and conditions seem likely to favor the batsmen, with plenty of runs on offer.
Here's a look at four batsmen to watch out for in this edition of the World Cup.
1. Virat Kohli - India
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best batsman in the modern era or cricket. He has scored 10843 runs from 227 matches at a staggering average of 59.57, with as many as 41 centuries.
Considering the weakness of India's middle order against turn and bounce, Kohli has to deliver consistently to take India forward in the tournament. He bats at the No: 3 position.
2. Ross Taylor - New Zealand
Ross Taylor is one of the most experienced batsmen in New Zealand. He averages 48.34 with the bat and has scored 8026 runs from 218 matches.
Taylor is currently enjoying the most fruitful purple patch of his career, with an average of 74.13 in 2019 and 91.29 in 2018. He bats at No: 4 for New Zealand.
3. David Warner - Australia
The return of David Warner after his one-year ban will be a big boost for Australia in this World Cup. Warner is currently in great form and won the Orange Cap in IPL 2019 by scoring 692 runs from just 12 matches.
The hard-hitting left-hander has scored 4343 runs from 106 ODI matches at an average of 43.42 while striking at 96.55. He will open the innings for Australia.
4. Jos Buttler- England
Jos Buttler is one of the most destructive batsmen in modern cricket. He has scored 3531 runs from 131 matches at an average 41.54 and a stupendous strike rate of 119.57.
Buttler is capable of batting at any position and at any stage of the game. He usually bats at No: 6 for England.
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