ICC World Cup 2019: Mark Waugh Pick His Top Three Batsmen
With mega cricketing carnival less than a week away, former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has named his world’s best three batsmen owing to the One-day International (ODI) format. Moreover, the trio will be in action during the impending ICC World Cup 2019 scheduled to begin from May 30 in London.
The 53-year-old Waugh has been part of the 1999 World Cup-winning Australian team. He has slammed four centuries in the World Cup. The veteran batsman has shown no hesitation in naming Team India skipper Virat Kohli as his number one choice among the top three batsmen of the world in day-long format.
Virat Kohli is a No.1 choice:
Since Kohli entry in the international fold in 2008, he has improved leaps and bounds before becoming an undisputed champion, particularly in the white-ball format.
“Definitely, Virat Kohli. He’s No.1,” Waugh told Cricket Australia digital.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Kohli is playing his first-ever World Cup as a Men in Blue skipper. He is keen to continue his domination in England.
Pertinently, the top-order batsman has already slammed 41 hundreds which further saw his ODI average a shy away from 60.
Buttler as a second choice:
Moreover, Waugh, who has been known for resilience, has gone for the hottest second choice in the form of Jos Buttler.
Buttler’s emergence has heralded a change in the English camp. He is further expected to play a quintessential role for the Three Lions at the World Cup.
Buttler might have had struggled of late, but the way he has performed for England in the past reveals how impactful he’s as a player. Having the intensity to go out and deliver for his team, Buttler further played a pivotal role in bailing out his team.
“Jos Buttler, I’d have him at No.2 in the top three,” Waugh added.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Buttler, who’s a key figure in England’s set-up for the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
The third spot goes to David Warner:
Besides, he has picked his countryman David Warner while adding Australia skipper Aaron Finch is also the batsmen one looks at.
Interestingly, the duo has played a fantastic role for Australia at the top which further saw the Kangaroos lifting their overall fifth World Cup title in 2015. The hosts thumped New Zealand by seven wickets at the MCG.
“Aaron Finch at his best is right up there, so is David Warner. I’ll go with David Warner,” Waugh concluded.
Apart from it, there is a bit of similarity between Warner and Finch. Warner has slammed 14 tons in 104 innings whereas, Finch has consumed 105 innings for his 13 hundreds with latest coming against Pakistan in the 5-0 ODI series win.
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