Top 5 Star Batsmen of the 2019 Cricket World Cup
Before the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it was anticipated by cricket fans and critics that the tournament would be of batsmen. However, bowlers did have a major role since the pitches had something to offer to the bowlers. Hence batsmen had to work very hard for runs. In such a condition, they really deserve a tribute to have played so well and had a magnificent score. Here are five such star batsmen and their performance.
1. Rohit Sharma (648 Runs)
Although Indian cricket fans are still recovering from the distress of the semi-final defeat against New Zealand, they can cheer up with some of the best performances by Indian players like Rohit Sharma who scored five centuries in only eight innings before the semi-final.
In total, the hitman scored 648 runs in the tournament and ended up as the top-scorer of the tournament. He broke the record by Kumar Sangakkara of the highest centuries in a single World Cup tournament.
2. David Warner (647 Runs)
Australia’s opening batsman David Warner made a return to international cricket after a ban for his involvement in the notorious ball-meddling scandal. The left-handed batsman took the opportunity and ended up being the second top-scorer of the tournament scoring 647 runs that included three centuries and three half-centuries. He unfortunately missed being the highest scorer by falling short by just one run in the semi-final.
3. Shakib Al Hasan (606 Runs)
Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was the most reliable batsman in the 2019 World Cup. He was in the best form and scored at least 40 runs in every innings of the World Cup. He scored two centuries and five half-centuries which brought him to equal the world record set by Sachin Tendulkar. He is a left-hander and is the one to score fifty or more runs in an innings seven times which is the same as that by the Indian record-holder in the 2003 edition.
4. Kane Williamson (578 Runs)
Kane Williamson is a player who has the ability to upgrade his team singlehandedly. The Kiwi skipper played a pivotal role to give success to his team in the World Cup. Although the tournament was bad for the New Zealand team, Kane Williamson took them out of trouble several times throughout the tournament. He helped his team qualify for the semi-finals by scoring back-to-back winning centuries against South Africa and West Indies. He walked back home with the Man of the Tournament award.
5. Jonny Bairstow (532 Runs)
Jonny Bairstow is considered one of the best batsmen in the ODIs and was the one who saved England from being disqualified for the semi-finals. He scored two centuries in the last two matches against India and New Zealand and helped his team enter the semi-finals. Although he couldn’t make a big score in the final, he scored a half-century full of strokes against a bowling squad let by Mitchell Starc.