The World Cup 2019 ended in a thrilling final, with England winning their maiden title in their fourth final. New Zealand were equally deserving winners but were let down by the rules. Nevertheless, there were few exciting performances during the World Cup. Few cricketers played out of their skin to make their tournament their own.
Cricwizz makes a playing XI of the best performers in World Cup 2019.
Rohit Sharma (India), Jonny Bairstow (Australia)
Rohit Sharma was in the form of his life in the tournament. He was the highest run-getter in the tournament with 648 runs @ 81.00 in 9 innings. He cracked a record 5 tons in 9 innings, breaking the previous record of 4 tons by Kumar Sangakkara. His performance was crucial to India making it to the semis. He struck some crucial tons – 122* against SA and 140 against Pakistan. He had one bad day at the office in the semi-finals and India crashed out of the tournament.
Another opener who matched Rohit Sharma’s performance during the campaign was Jonny Bairstow of England who raised his game at the right time to push England to title triumph. He struck two vitals tons in the last two league games to put England into the semis. He and Jason Roy formed a lethal opening pair to see England home in the tournament. He scored 532 runs @48.36 in 11 innings with 2 tons and 2 fifties.
He gets to lead this XI. He maintained his calm & composure in the devastating loss in the final. He won hearts with the way he led his team to the final, but just stopped short of winning the maiden title. He was the lone man standing on numerous occasions for New Zealand. He was deservedly player of the tournament with 578 runs @ 82.57 in 9 innings.
Kohli batted at No 3 for India, but he was basically playing the anchor role as India’s middle-order continued to flatter to deceive throughout the tournament. He held one end up and steadied the ship for India in the absence or lack of a middle-order. He struck a record five consecutive fifties in the tournament, but a hundred eluded him. Nevertheless, he looked in total control until his knockout jinx came to haunt him in the semi-final against New Zealand. Kohli scored 443 runs @ 55.37 in 9 innings.
Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib and Stokes played the cricket of their life in his World Cup. Shakib was phenomenal with the bat while extremely skilled with the ball. Shakib scored 606 runs @ 86.57 with two tons and 5 fifties. With his left-arm spin bowling, he took 11 wickets including a five-wicket haul. He was in contention for player of the tournament. His exploits helped Bangladesh remain in contention for the semis berth till the end. He is the lone spinner in the XI.
Ben Stokes redeemed himself of his past failures, especially the 2016 World T20 final nightmare when he was smacked for four consecutive sixes in the last over. His fighting 84* in the final helped England to tie the game and eventually win the match in the end. He struck 5 fifties and each came in trying circumstances. He scored 465 runs @ 66.42 in 11 innings and took 7 wickets. His electric fielding gave England the edge over other opponents.
He raised his game in the business end of the tournament. He destroyed Australia with the new ball with 3/20 in the semi-finals. In the final, he took 3/37 to emerge the best bowler in the knockout phase. Although his bat failed to do the talking, he conjured up a 40 batting at No 3. His bat did not talk much, but he was devastating with the new ball. He took 16 wickets in 11 games.
Buttler was not consistent with the bat, but he scored a vital fifty in the final in the company of Ben Stokes and took England closer to the finish line. He effected a tournament-changing run-out on the last ball of the super over in the final to win the keeper’s slot in this XI. Buttler scored 312 runs @ 34.66 in 11 matches with a ton and 2 fifties.
Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah
Starc broke the record of most wickets in a single World Cup edition. He took 27 wickets @ 18.59 in 10 matches with two five-wicket hauls. He was easily the best bowler around. But he came a cropper in the crucial game against England in the semis. Nevertheless, he showed enough skills with the ball to terrorise opponents.
Jofra Archer was not even in the preliminary squad. But England selectors took a gamble in Archer and it paid off. The youngster was fast, disciplined and efficient with the new ball. He bowled a batsman and the ball cross the boundary for a six after rattling the stumps – such was the pace he delivered throughout the tournament. In the crucial super over in the final, he tied New Zealand into knots to help England tie the game and win the tournament. Archer took 20 wickets @ 23.05 in 11 games.
Jasprit Bumrah enhanced his reputation with his show with the ball during the tournament. He was miserly with the new ball while taking a top-order wicket consistently. When he came on to bowl at the death, the opposition failed to score off him and perished in the bargain. Bumrah’s bowling added the X-factor to the Indian bowling attack. Bumrah took 18 wickets in 9 games.
Best XI: Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson (Captain), Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler (keeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah.