Star Players To Watch In The 2019 Cricket World Cup

With the 2019 Cricket World Cup around the corner, it is time to brush up on your knowledge. The key to placing a successful bet is having the right information on hand when browsing the markets. If you know which players the highest ranking, and have the best batting averages and the best bowling figures, you can create a theoretical model of how a match might play out. With this cricinfo in mind, we have created a short list of the top players to watch.

ICC Player Rankings

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rates batman and bowlers according to the number of runs scored or wickets taken in recent matches and their overall batting average. Since the Cricket World Cup is a One Day International (ODI) tournament, the ICC ODI rankings are a good indicator of who will perform well in the upcoming tournament. 

Batsman

The highest ranked ODI batsman is Virat Kohli. Virat will be captaining the Indian team this year and has plenty of experience under his belt. At just 30 years of age, this star batsman has an ICC rating of 890, which is more than 50 points higher than the next player on the list.

The second ranked ODI batsman is Rohit Sharma, who also plays for India. While he is 2 years older than Kohli, he will take on the role of vice-captain for the upcoming World Cup fixtures, and is always a big hitter when it matters.

The third ranked batsman according to the ICC is New Zealand’s Ross Taylor. At 35 years old, Taylor has more experience than any of his teammates, with 218 One Day Internationals under his belt.

Ranked at number 4 is Quinton de Kock, the South African vice-captain. De Kock is just 26 years old but has already played more than 100 ODI’s for his country.

South Africa also has the 5th ranked ODI batsman in the form of Faf du Plessis. The team captain has played 134 ODI matches and with a solid win rate.

Bowlers

Topping the Cricket World Cup bowler ODI rankings is India’s Jasprit Bumrah. He may only be 25 years old, but he has one of the most difficult bowling styles for batsman to read.

New Zealand’s Trent Boult is second on the list with a ranking of 759. Boult is an experienced player with 79 ODI matches to his name and one of the most dangerous fast medium swings in the sport.

Rashid Khan who is the vice-captain of Afghanistan is up next. The 20-year-old might lack World Cup experience has the talent to deliver.

South African players hold the 4th and 5th spot on the rankings, with Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada both adding their own style to the game.

Our Picks

Wicket Keepers

Wicket keepers can often change the course of a game, with a brilliant catch or a stumping that no one saw coming. Top players to keep an eye on include England Cricket’s Jos Buttler, South Africa’s Quinten de Kock and of course the legendary MS Dhoni who has played an astounding 341 ODI matches.

Batsman to Watch

England Cricket captain Eoin Morgan has the experience and the talent to really go big this year. With his home fans spurring him on, he is certainly a batsman to watch. Also keep an eye out for Chris Gayle. The West Indies batsman may be classed as an all-rounder but is one of the best pinch hitters in the game. 

Bowlers to Watch

Bowlers to watch include New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Trent Boult who can both destroy a batting line-up if they are on form. Also keep an eye on South African fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada in the World Cup fixtures they make an appearance in.

If you want to know more about Cricket World Cup interesting stats and facts, check out our Fun Facts page and brush up on your general cricinfo knowledge now.