ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has ended with a dramatic manner where the hosts England won their maiden title at Lord’s on Sunday, July 14. While the tournament has seen some nail-biting thriller, it has some mind-blowing performances as well. Although every team can’t win the title, some of their performances can be remembered for a long time.
Let’s have a look at the best XI of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup:
India opener Rohit Sharma had been in a formidable form in the ICC Cricket World Cup where he hit five centuries and a fifty in a single edition of the World Cup. With this centuries, he became the second batsman after former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara to score four centuries in a single edition of World Cup and the first player to smash five centuries. With 648 runs from 9 innings, he is the highest run-getter in the tournament.
Stats: Matches: 9, Runs: 648, Average: 81, S/R: 98.33, Fours: 67, Sixes: 14
After coming back from a year-long ban due to the ball-tampering case, David Warner had a wonderful World Cup. The left-handed opener used to give a flying start to his side every time he came to bat. His 647 runs included three centuries and three half-centuries. He is the second-highest run-getter in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Stats: Matches: 10, Runs: 647, Average: 71.88, S/R: 89.36, Fours: 66, Sixes: 8
England opener Jason Roy proved his ability in every game with his splendid batting in the opening. England, however, got to know his importance when he was out due to a hamstring injury. At that time, England struggled at the starting and faced a few defeats as well. He might not have scored plenty of runs but his presence at the opening proved beneficial for his side. He scored a blistering 85 in the semi-final against Australia and made the winning foundation.
Stats: Matches: 8, Runs: 443, Average: 63.28, S/R: 115.36, Fours: 51, Sixes: 12
Kane Williamson was the leading run-getter for his side who took the side to the final single-handedly as their batting unit failed big time. New Zealand openers were not in sync which made him nearly opening the innings in every game. His consistent scoring helped him to score 578 runs in the tournament, including two centuries and as many half-centuries.
He also broke the record of Mahela Jayawardene and became the leading run-scorer as a captain in a single edition of the World Cup. His responsible batting earned him the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award.
Stats: Matches: 10, Runs: 578, Average: 82.57, S/R: 74.96, Fours: 50, Sixes: 3
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has shown everyone why he is the number 1 all-rounder in the ICC ranking. Although Bangladesh didn’t have a good campaign, Shakib was the sole consistent performer. He became the third player in the ICC Cricket World Cup to score over 600 runs after Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden. His 606 runs included two centuries and five fifties. Moreover, he bagged 11 wickets, including a five-wicket haul. With this fifer, he joined Yuvraj Singh in the list of the players who took a five-wicket haul and scored a fifty.
Stats: Matches: 8, Runs: 606, Average: 86.57, S/R: 96.03, Fours: 60, Sixes: 2, Wickets: 11
Ben Stokes has done a brilliant job for England in the middle-order. He has been in a great form throughout the tournament – be it batting, bowling or fielding. He played a crucial 84 in the final and scored 465 runs in 10 games and bagged 7 wickets.
Stats: Matches: 10, Runs: 465, Average: 66.43, S/R: 93.19, Fours: 38, Sixes: 11, Wickets: 7
Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey had a pretty good tournament where he scored 375 runs in 9 games. In the semi-final against England, he played an important knock of 46 and supported Steve Smith well when Australia lost three of their top batsmen within a few runs. Moreover, he was terrific behind the wickets as well.
Stats: Matches: 9, Runs: 375, Average: 62.50, S/R: 104.17, Fours: 46, Sixes: 2
Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 27 scalps. With this, he broke his veteran Glenn McGrath record and became the bowler with most scalps in a single edition of World Cup. The fast bowler took five-wicket hauls and two four-wicket hauls. His brilliant bowling and deadly yorkers troubled every batsman. Moreover, he batted really well in the semi-finals against England.
Stats: Matches: 10, Wickets: 27, Average: 18.59, Economy: 5.43
Captain Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler Jasprit Bumrah did a wonderful job throughout the World Cup. He is known for providing early breakthroughs and he exactly did this. In his first World Cup campaign, he showed great consistency. With 18 wickets from 9 games, he placed at fifth in the list of wicket-takers.
Stats: Matches: 9, Wickets: 18, Average: 20.61, Economy: 4.41
England’s Jofra Archer was a treat to watch in the ICC World Cup. Having made his Internation debut just before the World cup, he didn’t let anyone understand that. The 24-year-old bowled with great pace and his bouncers are well known. Even Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey survived one of his deadly bouncers which cut his chin during the semi-final. With 20 wickets, he finished as the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Stats: Matches: 11, Wickets: 20, Average: 23.05, Economy: 4.57
Lockie Ferguson is one of the key players of New Zealand who supported Trent Boult pretty well with the ball. He s one of the fastest bowlers now and his bowling hits 150 kph mark usually. His consistent bowling throughout the tournament earned him 21 wickets which included a four-wicket haul and he is the second-highest wicket-taker as well.
Stats: Matches: 9, Wickets: 21, Average: 19.47, Economy: 4.88