ICC World Cup 2019: Team India's strongest playing XI for the tournament

ICC World Cup 2019: Team India’s strongest playing XI for the tournament

They are going to enter the World Cup as favourites alongside hosts England.

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India. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The World Cup is just over three months away and the build-up is already in full flow. As the 12th edition of the mega event approaches, the focus has surely shifted to white-ball cricket in most parts of the world. Teams are busy getting their squads ready, trying to test a few players here and there, and thereby figure out their best possible combination for the 50-overs competition.

India have enjoyed an excellent run in the lead-up to the tournament. They have won 12 out of their last 13 bilateral ODI series. Since January 2016, they have the second-best win-loss ratio (2.526). In fact, the ‘Men in Blue’ have lost just 10 ODIs since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in 2017. Hence, they are going to enter the World Cup as favourites alongside hosts England.

Thus, with just a few months to go for the World Cup, here’s a look at the strongest playing XI for the Virat Kohli-led side.

Here is India’s strongest playing XI for the 2019 World Cup:

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Ever since Rohit Sharma started opening the batting, he has become a consistent performer for the ‘Men in Blue’ at the top of the order. His numbers have just gotten better and better. In fact, since the start of 2016, he has scored in excess of 3,000 ODI runs at an average of 66.14 which includes 16 tons. The Indian limited-overs vice-captain has been one of the reasons for India’s success over the last few years.

Rohit has become one of the best opening batsmen in white-ball cricket in the world at the moment. Once he gets a start he tries to make it count and he has the excellent ability to score daddy hundreds as well. Hence, Rohit is going to be one of the key players for India at the World Cup.

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