World Cup 2019: Team-wise one player who will be missed during the tournament
These players could've made the difference to their teams at some stage in the World Cup.
Published - May 11, 2019 1:13 pm | Updated - May 11, 2019 1:13 pm
The biggest cricket tournament in the world will begin on the 30th of May. The first match of the World Cup 2019 will be between the hosts, England, and South Africa. Meanwhile, India will kick-start their campaign on April 5, by playing their opener against the Proteas. Every match will be a cracker of a game and the fans are waiting for this majestic event to begin.
The World Cup will go on for the next two months till the 14th of July, where we shall see the two best teams playing against each other for the greatest title. Back in 2015, the finalists were Australia and New Zealand. The Aussies had to gun down 189, which they were easily able to get in just 33 overs to lift the trophy for the fifth time.
The preliminary squads have been submitted by all the team and changes could be made until May 23. Few of the teams look set to alter a couple of names as they are currently fighting it out in a bilateral series. Some of the deserving players are on standby and might not get the opportunity to feature in the tournament unless someone is injured and ruled out of the tournament.
Here we bring you one player from each team who will be missed during the tournament:
1. Rishabh Pant (India)
This 21-year-old kid is just breathtaking to watch. He can play some of the hardest shots with such ease and is known for his ability to hit boundaries quite frequently. Many are already touting him as MS Dhoni‘s successor as he has done well in the Test format.
Rishabh Pant averages close to 50 in nine Tests and 23.25 in the five ODIs he has featured in. He also showed great form in the ongoing IPL winning his team some of the games on his own. In January 2019, Rishabh Pant was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year. He is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England. Many still think he is only a T20 batsman, but he has shown us his temperament from playing Test cricket.
If he was selected in the World Cup squad, he could have been the ‘X factor’ for India. The left-hander can play both the anchor role and become a power hitter. If Kedar Jadhav is ruled out, India can still include him in the squad.