ICC World Cup 2019: Best combined 15-man squad of the tournament

ICC World Cup 2019: Best combined 15-man squad of the tournament

This makes up for the best squad which can defeat any team despite the fact that many big names had to miss out.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The World Cup is just around the corner and there’s a definite buzz around the cricketing fraternity. The build-up has been massive to the showpiece event scheduled to take place from the 30th of May. The World Cup is going back to England for the first time since 1999.

Australia might be the defending champions but England have been the best team since the last edition. They have the best win-loss ratio (2.304) since April 2015. India comes a close second with 2.074 but no other team has been consistent enough. South Africa have done well in the lead-up to the tournament while New Zealand have always been the dark horses.

Australia who looked down and out a couple of months back are peaking at the right time. Meanwhile, Pakistan have been very unpredictable and Bangladesh’s rise in 50-over cricket has continued. Afghanistan will be playing their second World Cup while West Indies sneaked in through the qualifiers and Sri Lanka have been poor in the last four years.

England and India might go in as favourites but you can’t count the others out. This could be a very tight World Cup and may prove to be one of the closest ones as well. Eight countries have already announced their squads with only Afghanistan and Windies left to name their teams. All teams have been given a deadline of April 23rd to name a preliminary squad, to which changes can be made for the next one month.

Here we pick the best 15-man squad from all the teams announced so far:

Rohit Sharma (India)

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

India’s limited-overs vice-captain has been one of the best opening batsmen in white-ball cricket over the last few years. Ever since he turned into an opener, he has dominated the run charts. Rohit Sharma has scored three ODI double hundreds so far in his career. He has the ability to bat big and once he’s set, it’s very hard to stop him. He will be looking to make his second World Cup as an opener a big event with his batting.

Jonny Bairstow (England)

Jonathan Bairstow of England
Jonathan Bairstow of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow has been simply brilliant at the top of the order for England. He has given his team some really quick starts which has set the tone more often than not. Since the end of the Champions Trophy in 2017, the England opener has tallied 1428 runs at an average of 51.00 and a strike-rate of 115.06. He is a destructive opener and can set the stage on fire very early in the innings.