World Cup 2019: Best debutant XI
Every cricketer dreams of representing his or her country in the World Cup. The World Cup provides an excellent opportunity to all these players to make a name for themselves. A good show in the tournament can do a world of good for these players.
Having said that, the players go through an immense amount of pressure while playing in the biggest tournament in world cricket and pressure gets the better of most of the players. However, some players excel even in high-pressure situations. In World Cup 2019, we saw a huge number of World Cup first-timers who performed exceedingly well in the competition. All these players coped well with the pressure of expectations and proved their mettle on the grandest stage of all.
Here is an XI featuring the top debutants of World Cup 2019.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
One of the biggest reasons for England's success in the tournament was the strong starts given by their openers. The England opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow is arguably the most destructive opening pair in the world. Roy and Bairstow took the attack to the opposition and pushed them onto the back foot right from the very beginning.
Jonny Bairstow struggled in the initial parts of the tournament but he performed when it was needed the most. Back-to-back centuries in must-win games against India and New Zealand showed Bairstow's ability to perform in crunch games. The 30-year-old scored 532 runs in just 11 games.
England struggled in the few games that Jason Roy missed due to injury, which reiterated his importance to the England squad. Roy has been sensational at the top for England with his attacking brand of cricket. In World Cup 2019, Roy scored 443 runs at an outstanding average of 63.28 and a phenomenal strike-rate of 115.36.
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