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ICC World Cup 2019: 7 batsmen who can be the leading run scorers

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Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

ICC World Cup 2019 will start on 30 May 2019 with hosts England playing against South Africa at The Oval in the inaugural match. The final will take place at the Lord's on July 14.

This time the number of teams has been reduced from 16 to 10. Top eight teams in the ICC One Day International rankings qualified directly for the tournament, while the Windies and Afghanistan qualified after securing the top two positions in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in March 2018 in Zimbabwe.

The pitches in England are flat and will be helpful for the batsmen. With flat pitches on offer, the batsmen will be hitting the ball around the park and the bowlers are expected to have a torrid time.

As the World Cup is nearing, so let us have a look at the seven batsmen who could end up being the leading run scorers of the tournament.

#7 Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has been India's most dependable opener in the ICC tournaments. He is the only batsman to win two consecutive Golden Bats, in Champions Trophy 2013 and '17. Also, he was India's leading run-getter in ICC World Cup 2015. Also, he scored 1000 ODI runs in a minimum number of matches.

Dhawan is currently the No. 9 batsman in ODI rankings and can come back to the Top 5 if can do his best in the tournament.

Dhawan played 19 ODIs in 2018. He was the third highest run-getter for India in this format. He scored 897 runs which included three centuries and two half-centuries. His average was 49.83, and his strike rate was 102.28. He was the Man of the Series in the Asia Cup 2018. He was the first Indian to score a century in his 100th ODI. He achieved that milestone against South Africa at Johannesburg on February 10.

Dhawan's records speak for himself and if he does justice to his talents, he is expected to be on the leading run-getters list in the forthcoming World Cup.

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