The twelfth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be played from 30th May to 14th July 2019 and it is the fifth time that the tournament will be held in England and Wales. There will only be ten participants this time with West Indies and Afghanistan joining the top eight ranked ODI teams via the World Cup Qualifier that was held in March 2018. In addition to this, the 2019 World Cup will be the first one to not feature any Associate members.
The cricket betting market is on fire! The cricket betting fans across the globe are eager to know the best odds for the top run scorers. In this article, we will discuss the top players who represent betting value as potential Cricket World Cup top batsmen. These players are indeed worth backing in this cricket season.
Top Batsmen – India
Lets us not forget that India is the second most favourite team after England that has all the chances to lift the World Cup trophy. There is a reason why Virat Kohli is the number 1 ranked batsman in the world for starters. Well, the Indian cricket team captain has the best average of any ODI batsman ever (59). Further, he’s notched 41 centuries and 49 50s in his 226-match ODI career. The good news is that Virat has played plenty of cricket in England over the years and has a thorough understanding of the pitch there. Moreover, Virat Kohli is the quickest and fittest batsman in the world cricket – he is extremely good at running between the wickets.
The other two batsmen who can be backed without doubts are Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are India’s third, ninth and thirteenth highest ODI run scorers of all time. Kohli has 41 centuries, Sharma 22 and Dhawan 15. They average 60, 47 and 44 respectively. They’ve scored runs all over the world and crucially, they go on to get big centuries once set rather than getting to the landmark and then playing a rash shot. However, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are class acts who might bat long in this season and limit Virat’ time at the crease as India’s number 3.
Rohit Sharma: 15.00
Shikhar Dhawan: 21.00
Top Batsmen – England
Johnny Bairstow is undoubtedly the top batsman in the England Cricket Team. He’s preferred to Joe Root because he’s an opener and can accelerate more quickly than Root and to Jason Roy, because he prizes his wicket more. Roy might hit four boundaries in a row and still go for a fifth and then get out, while Bairstow is more likely to take a deep breath, nurdle a single to deep square leg and then figure out what the plan is for the remainder of the innings. Despite playing most of his career as a middle-order batsman, he still averages 46 and will surely benefit from playing on grounds he knows inside out. Johnny Bairstow has made the most of his chances at the top of the order for England in ODIs. Therefore, bettors can back him without second thoughts.
Johnny Bairstow: 15.00
Joe Root: 12.00
Jason Roy: 17.00
Top Batsman – South Africa
Well, about South Africa’s top batsman category, there’s only one name that counts, Hashim Amla. He is 35 years old and this is certainly his last Cricket World Cup. Amla will play in any format so this might equally be the last chance to profit from one of the all-time great ODI batsmen of the modern-day era. Till date, he has played around 174 ODIs (at the time of writing), which yielded 27 centuries, 37 50s and an average of almost 50 at a strike rate of good 89.22. Interestingly, he is the fastest player in history to reach 7,000 ODI runs. The amazing opener, equally strong on both sides of the wicket, has plenty of experience of English conditions and is currently ranked 13th in the ODI batting rankings, a drop from a position in the Top 5 almost a year ago. But again, he can prove to be a reliable bet
Hashim Amla: 41.00
Top batsmen – New Zealand
It can be really tough to choose between skipper (3) Kane Williamson and the veteran Black Cap Ross Taylor, who bats at 4 and is in the best form of his life right now. He recently got a corrective eye surgery which means he can see the ball a lot better than he used to. Well, this is something the betting fans must consider. Coming back to Kane Williamson, he can be the best choice in this World Cup because of two reasons. Firstly, he bats one position high, which may sound too plain but will definitely make all the difference. It could mean Taylor loses almost 10 or 15 overs a game. Secondly, Williamson’s stats from the last ICC Champions Trophy from two years ago, held in England, were considerably better. Interestingly, Williamson is down at 11th to Taylor’s 3rd on the ICC ODI Rankings after Taylor’s purple patch over the last year or so. But let’s not forget that Williamson has the class, experience, temperament and shots to make a significant contribution in every match that the team plays.
Kane Williamson: 17.00
Ross Taylor: 51.00
*Note that the betting odds have been referred from Betway and are bound to change as the World Cup approaches.
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