The prestigious Cricket World Cup is less than seven months 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 next year, 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 ongoing India-West Indies series. Hetmyer’s hitting ability makes him an obvious choice in the line-up. He’ll 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 Lewis at the top, the 21-year-old will have the responsibility of scoring freely in the middle stages of the innings.
4. Chris Lynn – Australia
Australia’s Chris Lynn is one of the most fierce hitters in the world. Lynn’s career has taken a few blows in the form of injuries, his shoulder injury kept him out of competitive cricket for a few months but Lynn has recovered from the injury and is currently playing in the ODIs against South Africa.
Lynn is batting in the middle order for Australia but his ability can be used at the top of the order too. He can act as the backup opener while he takes the middle order duties. 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. The Pakistani opener has made a permanent spot for himself in the Pakistani line-up, recently, he became the first Pakistani batsmen to score a double century in one-day cricket. Fakhar has a batting average of 56.1 in ODIs.
He will have the responsibility of providing a solid start to Pakistan when take the field against Windies on May 31.
2. Johnny Bairstow – England
England’s newfound opener Johnny Bairstow has been in red-hot form off late. Bairstow’s career has transformed since he has been converted into an opener. Bairstow averages 54 at the top whereas he averages only 19.75 and 36.11 at number four and number six respectively.
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 32-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.