The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket and if you are travelling to England next year to see some games live or watching the action on the television, you are sure to be treated to some brilliant cricket across the tournament.
Here are four players which could really shine at the tournament, some of which are established stars and others who are set for stardom.
Virat Kohli (India)
FIFTY!@imVkohli brings up his 50th ODI half-century.
Live – https://t.co/DQCJoMdrym #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/K9Z831w9UC
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
Not only is Virat Kohli the number one batsman in 50 overs ODI cricket, but the Indian captain also leads the way in Test and the T20 formats. The 2018 ODI Player of the Year averages 60.08 in this game and if India are to lift the trophy this year, they need their skipper to have a big tournament with the bat. In the recent ODI series against Australia, Kohli scored a century in two of the three matches, therefore, he goes into the World Cup in fantastic form and it would be no surprise if he was to end the competition as the top runscorer.
Adil Rashid (England)
England are the hosts and the bookmakers’ favourites at 9/4 in the cricket betting to win the World Cup this summer where conditions should suit them. Although they no longer have the seam attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, England have proved dangerous recently with the ball and one of the reasons is Adil Rashid. The young spinner has picked up a lot of wickets for the Three Lions during the Tour of the West Indies, with five coming his way in England’s victory in the fourth ODI in St George’s. Rashid can cause all the leading batsmen in the world trouble in the World Cup, therefore he should prove to be a dangerous weapon for his team.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
2⃣0⃣0⃣ international wickets at 2⃣0⃣ years old 👊#MondayMotivation, courtesy of @rashidkhan_19 👏 pic.twitter.com/UuF4jBk0Vn
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 11, 2019
Despite being just 20 years old, spinner Rashid Khan has a lot of experience of playing cricket at the highest level. Not only has he shone for Afghanistan, who are an emerging nation in international cricket, he has impressed in the Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Khan could be set to be a real future star and this World Cup is a great chance for him to showcase to the world how good he is with the ball. His side could cause one or two surprises along the way against the most established nations.
Jos Buttler (England)
Behind Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler is arguably the second most destructive batsmen in the world right now in cricket. The 28-year-old recently hit a stunning 150 in a T20 game against the West Indies which included a flurry of sixes. Buttler has seven ODI centuries to his name and will prove so useful for England in the middle order this summer. If they are struggling for runs, he can rescue an innings and at the same time, he is very good at ensuring his team take advantage of a good start to put them out of reach of their opponents. Expect Buttler to score a lot of runs quickly on pitches he will know very well in his home country.
The 2019 World Cup begins on the 30th May when England meet South Africa, while the final is scheduled for the 14th July at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s.