Kane Williamson leads ISC's Cricket World Cup XI

The 2019 ICC cricket world cup has concluded with England defeating New Zealand in a controversial finish but the tournament has produced some top class action for the fans. There are several players who set the world cup alight with their skills on the field. Suppose our site ISC puts together a cricket team from current players? Accordingly, here at ISC we have selected top five batsmen, a wicketkeeper, an all-rounder and five bowlers to make up our best world cup XI.


David Warner

David Warner carried the whole Australian batting on his back along with Aaron Finch. He scored 647 runs in 10 innings at an average of 71.88 and a strike rate of 89.36. He got off the way with a composed 89 not out against Afghanistan but could not finish on a high as Chris Woakes got better of him in the semifinal. In between he scored tons against Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa. It was his inning of 166 against Bangladesh that blew the tigers away while his 109 had a massive impact in the game against Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma

The 2019 world cup saw a lot of openers in top run scorers list. Johhny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Aaron Finch they all went on to score 450 plus runs at the tournament but when it's about top two, you have got to choose Rohit Sharma to be on the non-striker's end along with David Warner. Rohit Sharma finished the tournament with 648 runs, highest at this world cup. His runs came at an average of 81 and a strike rate of 98.33. He also became the first player to score 5 hundreds at an ODI world cup. His tournament got on the way with a 19 against Bangladesh and concluded with 1 against New Zealand. In between he scored five tons against South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.

Middle order

Kane Williamson (C)

Kane Williamson led Kiwis brilliantly both as a captain and as a Batsman. He finished the tournament with 578 runs at an average of 82.57. Although his strike rate was on the lower side, he did what was best for the team. He bailed Kiwis out of trouble with the bat in almost every game they played. Two of his tons came against West Indies and South Africa but he played the most important knock of Kiwi's campaign against India in the semifinal where he scored 67 which ensured a total good enough to fight for his team.

Shakib Al Hasan

Just like Kane Williamson, Shakib Al Hasan carried almost entire weight of Bangladeshi batting lineup on his back. He became the fifth batsman ever to score 600 runs at a single edition of world cup. His 606 runs came in 8 innings at an average of 86.57. Who knows, had he got one more inning, he might have ended up as highest run scorer of the tournament with the kind of form he was in. It was his inning of 124 which helped Bangladesh to chase down West Indies's score of 323 in just 41 overs. The victory revived Bangladesh's chances of semifinals.

Babar Azam

There was a massive competition for this spot between Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Joe Root but at the end it was Babar Azam who won it. Babar was Pakistan's leading run scorer at the tournament. He carried the weight of Pakistani batting lineup with sheer brilliance throughout the tournament rising up to the occasions every time. Although Joe Roots scored more runs than him, he did it in two more innings and enjoyed the luxury of having some better batsmen like Morgan and Stokes in his team which allowed him to play freely. Babar's consistency can be judged by the fact that he got starts in all the games he played. His lowest score of the tournament was 22.

All-rounder & Wicket Keeper

Ben Stokes

With Shakib Al Hasan already in the XI who needs another all-rounder? Well, since Shakib is playing as a top order batsman here, we need someone who can finish the game, hit some massive sixes in the slog overs and deliver some bumpers to rattle the batsman and Ben Stokes is exactly that kind of a player. He proved his mettle throughout the tournament while churning out 465 runs at 66.42. His runs came at a strike rate of 93.18 and he finished the tournament with 7 wickets at 35.14. His economy rate of 4.83 is an evidence of his tight spells that he bowled throughout the tournament.

Alex Carey

One of the finds of the tournament, Alex Carey impressed one and all to an extent that Steve Waugh called him a mixture of Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan. Most of his 375 runs came in under crunch situations be it his 85 against South Africa, 55 against India, 45 against West Indies or 46 against England in the semifinal. With 20 dismissals, He led the charts till the final when Tom Latham crossed him. He would have tied with Latham had he not missed the catch of Hardik Pandya against India. That was the only black spot on otherwise a dream tournament for Carey.


Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer entered international cricket only a few weeks before world cup began. He was not even in the initial English squad and his inclusion came in only close to the deadline of final squad submissions. It turned out to be a great decision for England and playing only his 14th ODI, Archer bowled them to a world cup title. He finished the tournament with 20 wickets at 23.05.

Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc achieved the feat of collecting most wickets at a single world cup leaving his countryman Glenn McGrath behind. His 27 wickets came at an average of 18.59 and with this feat; he also retained his golden ball which he received at the MCG in 2015 world cup final. Despite being out of form and injured for a big part of past 4 four years, Starc exhibited his true potential once again and that too at the highest level. His impact was so great that no other bowler could come anywhere close to him in the wickets tally.

Lockie Ferguson

Lockie Ferguson led the bowling charts for New Zealand and finished 2nd overall. He collected 21 wickets at 19.47 and you'd argue that he was the most consistent bowler at the world cup snapping 2-3 wickets in every inning he bowled. Despite grabbing 21 wickets, he did not register a fiver throughout the tournament. His best bowling effort was 4/37 against Afghanistan. Ferguson was the go to bowler for New Zealand throughout the tournament and he came up with a breakthrough every time his captain asked for. A few extra points for the classy mustache too.

Jasprit Bumrah

Any playing XI in limited overs cricket is incomplete without the presence of Jasprit Bumrah in it these days. Although people expected him to be in the top three, he finished 5th on the table with 18 wickets. Batsmen found it tough to score runs of his bowling throughout the tournament and his economy rate of 4.41 is best among the bowlers who got 7 or more wickets at the tournament. He kept it tight in the beginning and his Yorkers were unplayable during the death overs.

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