The semi-finalists have been decided in 2019 World Cup, but who will face who in last 4 depends on the final team standings. India would like to avoid facing Australia and England and must win their last league game against Sri Lanka and hope the Aussies lose against South Africa to face New Zealand in semis. Australia would love to face New Zealand too.
Nevertheless, the 2019 World Cup offered great entertainment in terms of blazing knocks, power-hitting, great bowling display, and brilliant fielding. Cricwizz takes a look at the top hits and misses in 2019 World Cup so far.
(Note: The stats is before India vs Sri Lanka match on July 6)
Warner returned to international cricket after serving a year in exile due to ball-tampering ban. He carried his rich IPL form into World Cup, scoring 2 tons and 3 fifties in 8 innings. He was booed throughout the World Cup, but he did not let it affect him and let his bat do all the talking. He formed a lethal opening pair with Aaron Finch, who expectedly matched his partner strokes for strokes. Warner is the third-highest run-getter currently, scoring 516 runs @ 73.71. He did not look rusty playing international cricket after a year. His IPL 2019 campaign prepared him for the tough battles in the World Cup.
The England all-rounder had a poor IPL 2019 season and looked out of sorts. But once he donned the England colours, he was at his best. In the World Cup, he was the lone man standing for England in losses against Sri Lanka and Australia. In the must-win match against India, he played a brutal knock of 79 to bat out the opponent. He scored 381 runs @ 54.42 in 9 matches, with 4 fifties, all his innings coming in crunch times. He will be crucial to India’s success in knockouts.
Rohit has shown great maturity in this World Cup. He came with an average IPL season with Mumbai Indians. But he raised his game when it mattered most. He rode his luck via dropped catches but made the most of it and has cracked four tons already in 8 games. In the first game against South Africa, he exercised patience to steer India across the finish line with 122*. In a high-voltage clash against Pak, he scored 140. In the defeat against England, he scored 102 before making 104 against Bangladesh to steer India into last 4. He’s the second-highest run-getter with 544 runs @ 90.66 with 4 tons and 1 fifty in 7 innings. He is the second batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to score 4 tons in World Cup.
The West Indian was the most valuable player in IPL 2019. But he failed to find his groove in the World Cup. Except in the first match where he took 2/4 against Pakistan, he failed to shine in the remaining games he managed to play before he was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury. It was a bitter end to Russell’s World Cup dream after a magical show he had in IPL 2019.
The Universe Boss was playing his last World Cup and was expected to make it memorable. He was also in good touch before the World Cup. He had a good ODI series against England before making his presence felt in the IPL. However, he failed to live up to expectations and managed just two fifties in 9 games. He scored 242 runs @ 30.25 in 9 games. It’s the end of the Gayle-era in World Cup and probably in ODIs.