ICC World Cup 2019: Squad Rating of the Ten Teams
The buzz surrounding the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 have already begun with all the participating teams naming their provisional squad. All countries have announced their best 15-players for the marquee event who will fight out for the prestigious trophy.
Meanwhile, all teams have some quality players who can win games on any given day. But it is the matter of having the self-confidence and the composure at the big stage to win the most illustrated title. Even though teams have announced final squads for the mega-event, they can make changes to the squad before 23rd May without ICC’s prior approval.
The 12th edition of the quadrennial tournament will commence from May 30 with host England taking on England at the Oval in the tournament opener.
Here is the squad rating of all the teams who will take part in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019:
This will be the best opportunity for the England team to end their barren run in the tournament. The Eoin Morgan-led side have everything by their sides to lift the trophy. Since their ouster from the 2015 World Cup, they have played a different brand of cricket which has made them unbeatable.
The form of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan will make the England team the best batting unit. Meanwhile, everybody will have a keen eye if the management includes young pacer Jofra Archer in the final 15 for the ICC World Cup 2019.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler ben(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, David Willey
Australia Cricket team have picked up at the right time after struggling for the past 18 months in the ODI circuit. They have defeated India from going 2-0 down and then completed a 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan. They are currently oozing with confidence ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.
Moreover, the return of Steven Smith and David Warner from suspensions will also be a massive advantage for them. The team have performed well in the last two months and skipper Aaron Finch will look to bank on that before taking the field.
Squad: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
Pakistan have named a three-dimensional squad as said by thier head selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. However, Mohammad Amir’s exclusion has taken everybody by surprise. But the fiery fast bowler can still slot into the ICC World Cup 2019 squad and will be auditioning for it in the upcoming series against England.
The pressure will be on the senior cricketers – Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to deliver and lead the side from the front. They also have some quality players but former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar said they can only reach till the semifinals.
Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed(c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail
SOUTH AFRICA (6.5/10)
South Africa – famously known as the chokers of the tournament, is surprisingly not in the contention for the ICC World Cup 2019 following their below-par performance in last one year.
However, this squad has the mettle in themselves to change the course of the game on any given day. The fast bowling attack looks one of the best in the world and will depend on them to deliver. Besides, they also have veteran Imran Tahir who is among the wickets.
On the batting front, South Africa have relied on experienced Hashim Amla who has time and again delivered for his country.
Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi
NEW ZEALAND (7/10)
New Zealand are the silent killers and does their job without much hullaballoo. They have a strong squad in place and has the calibre to go all the way.
Led by Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have played some outstanding cricket as a unit and they will focus on doing the same job they have been doing for years now. They have a handful of all-rounders in the team which will be their advantage going in the tournament.
Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor
Bangladesh Cricket team have pinned their hopes on the experienced cricketers to do the job for them. They have included uncapped fast bowler Abu Jayed while Taskim Ahmed and Imrul Kayes failed to make the cut.
The team will rely heavily on cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, and Mahmudullah. Moreover, the return of form for Soumya Sarkar will be a massive advantage for the side the ICC World Cup 2019 bound team.
Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan
Indian National Cricket team are one of the contenders to lift the prestigious ICC World Cup 2019. For that to happen, the middle order needs to come good. Otherwise, the team looks unbeatable filled with players with immense experience.
The men in blues’ fast bowling will be the key for them in the marquee event. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have done well in the last 18 months. Virat Kohli, arguably the best cricketer in the world, will be desperate to bring the trophy home.
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
SRI LANKA (5/10)
Sri Lanka will enter the ICC World Cup 2019 with a new skipper in Dimuth Karunaratne. The southpaw has not played any ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup and it will be interesting to see how he catches up.
The old warhorse Lasith Malinga will lead the bowling unit with support from Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep. Sri Lanka is going through a transition period and will look to play their best cricket in recent times.
Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
The inclusion of Andre Russell in the squad will bolster their chances to surprise many big teams in the ICC World Cup 2019. Russell has been in superlative form and will look to make the most out of his chances in the marquee event.
Chris Gayle – who announced his retirement after the World Cup is also in superlative form. Besides, the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis have done well and will look to keep up the good work.
Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer
Afghanistan took a surprising call ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 naming a new skipper in Gulbadin Naib. All eyes will be on him on how he leads the side in place of Ashghar Afghan.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan have made rapid growths in the last few years and they will be up for creating a few upsets in the tournament. They have quality players in their ranks who have played franchise cricket all over the world and will look to bring all their experiences to help Afghanistan qualify from the group stages.
They will rely mainly on the spinners – Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman to lead the bowling unit in England which are likely to offer some spin.
Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
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