ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Top 10 predicted highest run-scorers from each country
The batting talent is coming up so rapidly from all across the world that you have to be extremely special to make a name for yourself.
In T20 leagues all across the globe, we witness batsmen who have the ability to tonk the ball like never before. When sixes and fours have become a common occurrence, what is that one thing that separates the men from the boys?
That one thing is consistency.
Playing a breezy knock once out of five times can make you good, but repeating your feat thrice or even four times out of five helps you graduate to the next level. This is exactly the league of batsmen that the following list comprises.
1) Jonny Bairstow (England)
Jonny Bairstow may not be the most gifted cricketer going around, but he is certainly one who puts in a lot of effort in his training and this is what has led him to clinch a permanent spot for himself at the top of the order along with Jason Roy. Playing for the national team ahead of a bloke like Alex Hales is no mean feat.
Bairstow was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 and he set the stage on the fire, ending with 445 runs from 10 matches. Check out what the matchbook betting review has to say before moving on to the next player.
2) David Warner (Australia)
With all the Ashes rivalry that is so often talked about, it was a pleasant surprise to see an Australian and English player open the batting together for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and show such great camaraderie. Their running between the wickets was out of this world and sometimes just a nod was sufficient, even the calling was not required.
With 692 runs from 12 innings, Warner played two matches less than the second highest run-scorer KL Rahul, but scored almost 100 runs more than him, clinching the orange cap.
3) Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Despite having Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their ranks, Shikhar Dhawan has always stood out for India in multi-national events. It is something about these ICC tournaments that spurs Dhawan on to bring out his 'A' game
Dhawan averages 65.28 in tournaments with five or more sides which is the highest average for any batsman after a minimum of 20 innings. The left-hander has amassed 1632 runs from 26 matches in multi-nation events, embellished by seven imperious tons.
4) Shai Hope (West Indies)
Shai Hope has been the epitome of consistency for West Indies. In the absence of the big stars, Hope is one player who has come up with performances for the side time and again. The batsman is not merely satisfied by fifties and knows the art of scoring big.
While most of his success has come at the top of the order, with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis back in the West Indies squad, Hope is expected to bad in the middle order.
5) Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Ross Taylor has been a cut above the rest in ODI cricket in last three years or so. With an average of 60.50, 91.29 and 74.13 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, Taylor has five tons and 15 half-centuries in this period.
Along with Kane Williamson, Taylor forms a formidable combination and can be a thorn for the opposition if not dismissed early. The 2019 edition will probably be the last World Cup for Taylor and he would keep no stone unturned in coming up with all the skill he possesses.
6) Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)
The cricketing world took notice of Fakhar Zaman in the 2017 Champions Trophy for the first time when he slammed a couple of half-centuries and then played another match-winning knock in the final against India.
The left-hander, just like Dhawan is one player who can take the game away from the opposition within the blink of an eye. Along with Imam-ul-Haq, the two have formed a formidable opening combination and Pakistan would expect them to deliver yet again.
7) Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
It may be the last World cup for South African captain Faf du Plessis who has seen a lot of his friends walk away from international cricket. du Plessis is the glue that binds the South African team together and is a pillar in the middle order.
The Proteas would require his batting as much as his captaincy. He is also an exceptional fielder, both in the cordon and in the outfield and guarantees you at least a couple of great knocks in the tournament.
8) Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)
Mushfiqur Rahim has served Bangladesh cricket immensely over the years. The pint-sized dynamo has been very consistent for the side, winning them many a matches.
One thing that goes somewhat unnoticed is his wicket keeping, which is almost flawless. With time, Rahim has graduated into a senior pro and provides flexibility to the Bangladeshi batting order. Depending on the position where he bats, an average of 35 is the bare minimum that you will get from him.
9) Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)
Kusal Mendis was the only worth-remembeing player for Sri Lanka after their 0-5 defeat against South Africa in March this year. The right-hander was the only Lankan batsman to cross the 200-run-mark in the five-match series.
Mendis compiled two fifty-plus scores in the series, averaging over 40 and will need to dish out something simlar for Sri Lanka to stand a chance in the World Cup.
10) Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan)
Hazratullah Zazai grabbed headlines when he struck six sixes in an over for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League 2018.
The world is yet to see the best of the youngster and there is a reason why despite having Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Shahzad in his team, he finds a place in this list. With an average of just 22 from 8 ODIs, he is relatively new to international cricket but keep an eye, he is here for the long haul.
So, who is going to be the top run scorer in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019? Answer – Jonny Bairstow and you follow all the action at our Cricket World Live centre.
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