The prestigious Cricket World Cup is a couple of weeks away and all the ten teams are sweating it out on the field to yield fruitful results before the beginning of the high-intensity tournament.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will begin on May 30 when the hosts England take on the Proteas at the Oval. Most teams are relying on their batting line-up to produce the goods in England, the changing English conditions are expected to favour the batsmen.
On this note, let us take a look at five batsmen who could scare the opposition and prove deadly with their exploits.
5. Shimron Hetmyer – West Indies
West Indies’ recent batting sensation Shimron Hetmyer impressed the cricketing world as he fired all cylinders against India in the India-West Indies series. Hetmyer’s hitting ability makes him an obvious choice in the line-up.
Shimron Hetmyer will be an integral part of the Windies squad for the World Cup next year. On his day, the southpaw can turn the game around single-handedly.
With the likes of Gayle and Campbell at the top, the 21-year-old will have the responsibility of scoring freely in the middle stages of the innings.
4. David Warner – Australia
Australia’s David Warner is one of the most fierce hitters in the world. Warner had an amazing IPL and won the purple cap. He looks extremely dangerous. Both Steve Smith and David Warner served their 1-year ban and were picked in Australia’s World Cup squad.
His big hitting abilities can take the game away from the opposition single-handedly. His aggressive approach can prove fatal for the opposition.
3. Fakhar Zaman – Pakistan
Fakhar Zaman’s ability is well-known to all. Zaman displayed his talent in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy where he guided Pakistan to victory with his gritty hundred on English soil. The Pakistani opener has made a permanent spot for himself in the Pakistani line-up ever since then.
He will have the responsibility of providing a solid start to Pakistan when take the field against Windies on May 31.
2. Jonny Bairstow – England
England’s opener Jonny Bairstow has been in red-hot form. Bairstow’s career has transformed since he has been converted into an opener. Bairstow had a solid IPL and scored 445 runs in 10 matches averaging 55.
Bairstow will have the benefit of playing in home conditions and his form will further strengthen the English batting order. The home side will go into the tournament as the favourites, they’ll take on South Africa in the inaugural game of the tournament.
1. Shikhar Dhawan – India
One of India’s most dependable batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan has been a stellar performer for India in ICC tournaments. Dhawan alongside Rohit provides stability at the top of the order.
Dhawan and Rohit compliment each other to form one of the best opening partnerships in the world and the southpaw from India is known for his contributions on big stages.
The 33-year-old was the leading run scorer in the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy which were held in England. The Men in Blue rely heavily on their top three batsmen. Dhawan will look to prove his mantle as Kohli and co take on South Africa in their first game.