Who Rules The World?

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We are in the knockout stage of Cricket World Cup 2019. Top four teams to qualify from the league round are India, Australia, England and New Zealand. Let’s see what are their strengths and chances for winning the grandest prize in world of cricket.

India sits right on top of the table after winning 7 out of their 9 match and losing only match against England while the match against New Zealand was rained out. India entered the tournament as ICC Ranked No. 2 in ODIs and one of the hot favorites to win it. India has the most balanced and complete package with invincible batting lineup and power pack bowling attack. Rohit Sharma leads the tournament’s batsmen with 647 runs with record 05 centuries in only 8 innings. With Rohit and Rahul starting the innings, Kohli coming in at No. 3 with Dhoni and Pandya as finishers India can always put up 350 odd runs on the board. And with bowling strike force of Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Pandya and Shami backed up by spin magic of Chahal and Yadav, they can outclass any opposition. Yes! India has all it takes to lift the trophy for the third time.

It took just a month for defending champions Australian to transform from ‘mmm…. not so favorite’ to ‘Certain Champions’ of Cricket World Cup 2019. The faced hard time winning from West Indies and lost to India in their third match; after which they have displayed superb cricket all round. Skipper Aaron Finch and his destructive opening pair David Warner is the best opening pair in the tournament amassing 736 runs between them with 03 centuries partnerships and 04 fifty partnerships from the 09 games they have played together. The main strike force, though, have been Mitchell Starc – the left arm super pacer who leads the tournament’s bowlers with an impressive 26 wickets from 9 matches under his belt with an astounding average of 16.61. Team Australia has certainly raised the bar for whoever is thinking of taking the trophy from them.

ICC’s No. 1 Ranking ODI team, current England Cricket is surely one of the strongest ODI side in English Cricket history. The depth of their batting lineup is unparalleled, their pace attack is fearsome and their fielding is superhuman at times. The true power is in their teamwork – if one player does not have a good day, they always have an alternate to it. Joe Root leads the batting side with 500 runs with the help of 02 centuries and 03 half centuries while Bairstow also has amassed 462 runs with 02 centuries and 02 half-centuries. In a match played against Afghanistan, English Captain Eoin Morgan played one of the most brutal innings ever when he thrashed the ball over boundary line for maximum for record 17 times! English pacers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are among the fastest bowlers of the tournament. They both can generate blistering pace of above 90mph. English team has never lifted the World Cup earlier, but this No. 1 ODI team is a real competitor in this tournament.

New Zealand
Before the tournament started, this New Zealand side, to some, had the best chance to go all the way to win the World Cup for the first time. This Kiwi team has aggression and maturity, dedication and diversity, potential and experience to a level that has never been there to this extent. With an average age of 29 years, skipper Kane Williamson and most experienced batsman Ross Taylor are the real backbone of an aggressive yet positive kiwi batting lineup that have Guptil, Grandhomme, Latham, Munro, Neesham and Nicholls. Their bowling pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee is among most effective pairs, while relatively new faces of Ferguson, Henry and Santner are also make rounds. New Zealand do have the potential of lifting the world’s grandest trophy.

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