ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 : Team of the Tournament
The battle between 10 teams competing against each other for the title of World Champions have ended as England lifted the trophy for the first time. England and New Zealand played a tied match in the finals followed by a tied Super Over. Eventually, England were declared winner courtesy to the more number of boundaries they hit in the finals.
The tournament saw some terrific matches and performances along with some interruptions by the rain. I have collected the best playing XI based on the performance of the pllayers this tournament.
Rohit Sharma (India)
This was an easy pick for me. Having scored 648 runs throughout the tournament, Rohit finished on the top in the list of run getters in this tournament. Rohit played a vital role in India's journey to semi final where they lost to New Zealand in an exciting match.
Jason Roy (England)
This is another obvious choice. Roy was very impressive at the top of the order for the champion side England. Roy scored 443 runs from 7 innings with an average of 63.28 and an excellent strike rate of 115.36. He was one of the key players to guide England to the title in this tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Shakib for me was Man of the Tournament. 11 wickets from 8 matches along with 606 runs from the bat puts him on the top of my list this tournament. I had Shakib in my fantasy team all throughout the tournament and guess what I ended on top my friend's league as Shakib ended with most fantasy points overall with 519 points.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Kane Williamson nearly lead his team to a world cup title. New Zealand's batting heavily relied on Kane as none other batsmen contributed much in New Zealand's journey to finals. Guptill was completely out of form while Ross Taylor did well in few matches. Kane did the bulk scoring as he finished with 578 runs at 4th position in top run scorer list.
James Neesham (New Zealand)
The Kiwi allrounder came good with both bat and ball for his team. He managed 232 runs from 10 matches while bagged 15 wickets throughout the tournament. His six against Jofra Archer in the Super Over of the final match nearly won the World Cup for New Zealand.
Ben Stokes (England)
The Hero of the finals, this English allrounder didn't disappoint with his performance. Stokes wasn't as effective with the bowl as he was with the bat. He managed 7 wickets from 11 matches. Stokes scored 465 runs including a brilliant 84 in the finals that helped England tie the game and eventually win the title.
Alex Carey (Australia)
For me, Carey was a surprise package this tournament. Most of us might not have seen a lot of him but he was brilliant with the bat. A team with the likes of Warner, Finch, Steve Smith and Maxwell had relatively less known name Alex Carey as a wicketkeeper in the team. He scored375 runs from 9 innings which included 3 fifties and 3 notouts. Fighting like a warrior even after being hit by Jofra Archer bouncer in his chin was remarkable in the second semi final between Australia and England. He is surely someone to watch out for in coming days too.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
The fiery left arm pacer from Australia finished on top of highest wicket takers in the tournament with 27 wickets. Starc was the top wicket taker in previous edition of World Cup in 2015 as well. This shows the class and consistency of Starc.
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
This 28 years old pacer from New Zealand impressed everyone with his bowling in the middle overs. He finished second in the top wicket takers list with 21 wickets overall. He was one of the key performers for New Zealand and crucial to New Zealand's journey to the finals.
Jofra Archer (England)
When England last won the world cup in 1992, Archer wasn't even born. This young lad from Barbados picked up 20 wic kehis ts and was brilliant with his pace. He was always looking for wickets and did trouble batsmen with some fiery bounce. Alex Cary was one of the victims of his fiery short picth bowling as Carey was hit on his helmet and started bleeding in the semi final game.
Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Jasprit Bumrah as always was brilliant with the ball in his hand. The number 1 ranked bowler in One Day Internationals (ODI) might have finished with 18 wickets to his name but he bowled way more better than that. The opposition batsmen gave respect to Bumrah as they didn't took risk against him. Bumrah had tournament's best economy rate at 4.41 for bowlers bowling with more than 60 overs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)