Top 5 luckiest batsmen in 2019 World Cup
These five players made the most of the chances they got and a few went on to become top scorers in their respective squads.
Published - Jul 19, 2019 1:00 pm | Updated - Jul 19, 2019 1:00 pm
There was a lot of ahead of this World Cup about how flat batting conditions will prevail. 300-350 was supposed to be a regular score/target. However, there were only 27 scores in excess of 300 (out of 88 completed innings) and only four of them were over 350.
Hence, bowlers dictated terms more or less in this World Cup. However, there were a lot of individual flashes of brilliance as well. As many as seven players aggregated in excess of 500 runs in this tournament and led the charge for their respective sides.
There were batsmen who got multiple reprieves and made the most of it. Dropping catches and missed opportunities are part and parcel of the game but it will hurt your team badly if the batsman makes the most of the reprieves. There were quite a few batsmen who did that in this World Cup. In fact, four out of the top ten run-getters feasted on some lucky reprieves. Thus, let’s take a look back at five of the luckiest batsmen from the 2019 World Cup who made merry after getting reprieves.
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma had a dream World Cup as a player. At one point, Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs in a single World Cup edition seemed to be broken. However, a low score in the semi-final and India’s exit meant, he couldn’t give it a shot.
The Indian vice-captain scored 648 runs and ended up as the leading run-getter of the tournament. He also scored five centuries which is the most by any player in a single World Cup. His highest score in this World Cup of 140 came against Pakistan in the league stage. However, Sharma had his fair share of luck as well.
He had as many as eight reprieves throughout the tournament and he made the most of each one of them. In fact, he scored 474 runs in total after those reprieves. While Australia and South Africa missed pretty tough chances, the likes of Bangladesh, Pakistan and England missed straight forward ones. Hence, the Indian opener was at his lethal best and made almost every team pay dearly for giving him additional lives.