World Cup 2019: Rating the batting of all teams in the tournament
No team can afford losing the momentum in the middle overs.
Published - May 24, 2019 12:19 pm | Updated - May 24, 2019 12:19 pm
As years have gone along, the batting in limited-overs cricket has constantly evolved. Batsmen have improvised and adapted to scoring runs and that too at a quicker rate. The conditions have also been stacked in the favour of batsmen in white-ball cricket. Two new balls, flatter pitches and shorter boundaries are aiding the batsmen as well.
300 is no more a winning score these days as it was evident during the ODI series between England and Pakistan. In fact, scores of more than 350 have been racked up 53 times since the last World Cup in 2015. Moreover, the pitches in England are belters and the hitting ability of the teams will be tested.
Teams cannot afford to lose the momentum at any stage of the innings and and clearly, each batsman of the line-up has to make sure of the same.
Here we rate the batting of all the participating teams in the World Cup 2019
England – 9.5/10
The group stage exit in the 2015 World Cup may have been a blessing in disguise for England. That 2015 debacle led to a drastic change in the way they approached 50-over cricket. While the pitches have been in favour of the batsmen, the way England go about their business in ODI cricket has been fabulous. They hit the 300-run mark consistently.
They possess power-hitters throughout the line-up and bat very deep. Starting right from the top with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, England have an explosive opening pair. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have shown the ability to adapt to different situations. Then comes the powerhouse of their batting line-up with Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
Moreover, England, by far, have the best lower order in the world. In fact, Adil Rashid who has multiple first-class centuries would be the best No. 10 or 11 going around. Hence, going into the World Cup, England certainly possess the best batting unit.