India's 2019 World Cup squad members: Where are they now?
Just a month ahead of the 2023 World Cup, it’s time to know about the players who helped Team India reach the semi-final in the 2019 edition of the distinguished ODI tournament.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian team for the 2023 World Cup to be played in October-November. This time, the marquee ODI event will be held in India and as hosts, Rohit Sharma and his men will be expected to lift the coveted trophy at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
After unprecedented success in 2011, India reached the semis in 2015 and 2019 but couldn’t clinch the title. In the 2019 World Cup, they had a perfect opportunity to win the trophy under Virat Kohli. Throughout the competition, they played an aggressive brand of cricket and routed teams such as Australia, South Africa, and Pakistan in the round-robin stage.
However, India’s batting collapsed in the crucial semi-final match against New Zealand at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground while following the total of 240 which led to the team’s elimination from the competition. Just a month ahead of the 2023 World Cup, it’s time to know about the players who helped Team India reach the semi-final in the 2019 edition of the distinguished ODI tournament.
Ahead of the 2023 World Cup, let's know where India's 2019 World Cup stalwarts are
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma showcased his best with the bat in the 2019 World Cup. The fierce right-handed batter’s role was to deliver quality starts to the team and he played his part excellently in the round-robin stage. Scoring 648 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 98.33, he ended up as the leading run-getter in the competition.
He also notched up five tons in the competition and broke the record of Sri Lanka’s former wicketkeeper batter Kumar Sangakkara, who was holding the record for scoring the most centuries in a World Cup edition (four centuries in the 2015 World Cup). In the semi-final match, he departed on one after facing four deliveries.
Rohit, who concluded the series as the highest run-scorer, hasn’t showcased his best in recent years. In February 2022, he became India’s all-format captain but so far, he hasn’t proven his captaincy skills. The veteran will look to be impactful in the upcoming 2023 World Cup with his leadership and batting prowess to help India lift the coveted trophy for the third time.