The ICC World Cup 2019 will open as the hosts England will lock horns against South Africa on 30th May 2019 at The Oval. This time it won’t be just teams trying to win the title but also the batsmen will try to score highest runs in the World Cup.
England pitches are always considered as one of the most difficult ones for the batsmen. It takes a great temperament and skills for the batsman to face the new ball bowlers on the England ground. However, in course of time after the World Cup 2015, the teams are able to score 300+ score in English conditions. The pitches have become flatter and the boundaries shorter.
Furthermore, the ICC monitors the nature of the pitches globally to ensure that the game lasts for a minimum of 90 overs. Hence, big scores are ought to be achieved.
To that being said, here are the five players who are most likely to be the highest run-getters in this World Cup.
Five Batsmen Potential to be HIghest Run-Getter in the World Cup 2019:
A lot of Indians will rely on Virat Kohli as the Indian team enters this World Cup. He has been in fine form since 2015 and has not disappointed his fans at any point. The talisman has been called the Indian Run Machine for his consistency on the field.
Kohli is one fine batsman in the ODI form of the cricket. His average score in England counted for 54.56. But ever since 2015, it has risen up to 89.80 in eight innings. In his 22 ODIs played in England, Kohli has crossed just one century of 107.
This World Cup, Kohli will be looking to change the history and reach some big scores.
Kane Williamson will play a key role in New Zealand’s campaign. Since last World Cup, he has grown into his best version and has adapted in all the three forms of the game.
The youngest player of the ‘Fab Four’ has scored the highest number of runs among the foreign players on the England soil.
Right after the World Cup 2015, he was the player of the series in a bilateral series against England. And in New Zealand’s opening match of Champions Trophy 2017, Williamson scored a century in 97 balls.
Williamson might not have those constant big hundreds on a regular basis but his consistency makes him stand tall alongside the best in the business
Quinton de Cock:
The South African left-handed batsman has been amazing in the limited overs format. In 101 ODIs Quinton De Kock has made 4249 runs with 13 centuries while he has played six matches in England with 98 runs being his best.
The ‘baby-face’ wicket-keeper became the fastest player to complete 12 ODI hundreds in 2017 against Sri Lanka. The very same year De Kock was named the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ in Cricket South Africa‘s 2017 annual awards.
De Kock is one of the foremost contenders for most runs in the World Cup 2019.
Shikhar Dhawan might prove to be the black horse for the team India in the upcoming mega event. In 17 of his matches played in England and Wales, Dhawan has scored 976 runs with 125 being his highest.
In both the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhawan was the highest run-scorer drawing the title of the Player of the Tournament. He has been India’s go-to man for the biggest stage in the limited overs of the format.
His performances in the previous World Cup events had made him the utmost priority for the team. Dhawan will like to once again bring his best to the table to win this World Cup along with skipper Virat Kohli.
In his ODI span of 2013-2019, Joe Root has played 126 matches with 5090 runs. Lately, he has been in best of ODI form. In Champions Trophy 2017, he was the highest run-scorer for England. And also became the youngest English batsman to score a century in World Cup history. It was in 2015 against Sri Lanka at Westpac Stadium.
In February earlier this year, during England’s ODI against West Indies, Root (102) partnered with Jason Roy (123) helped England to mark their first ODI win of the year, chasing the target of 361.
Root is ranked number fourth Batsman in ODI rankings.