The cricket world cup 2019 might have come and gone but for fans, there’s still a lot of analysing to do. While there’s always more cricket action going on across the globe, the world cup presents fans with a chance to see the best teams and players in action.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup held in England and Wales didn’t disappoint. There was tense action at all stages up to the finals where England played against New Zealand. It was not the matchup many fans would have expected considering the magnificent displays by India.
Well, that’s all water under the bridge but there’s one thing every fan agrees on; the quality of play was superb. There was outstanding quality in batting, bowling, fielding, and for the all-round performance.
Some of the most brilliant displays included:
India’s Rohit Sharma (Batsman)
Rohit qualifies for the best batsman award though his team didn’t make it to the finals. The Indian vice-captain clocked a record five centuries and enjoyed more than 647 runs. It translates to a strike rate of 98 runs per 100 balls which is amazing for an opener.
But it wasn’t just in the numbers but also the situations the scoring happened. Despite the conditions being unconducive for batting, Sharma toughed it out to emerge one of the best batting players of the tournament.
Kane Williamson (Batsman) (New Zealand)
While Rohit takes the award for the most outstanding batsman, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson also comes close with 548 runs. The right-hander might not feature in the top three run-scorers but turned out to be influential for the Black Caps’ success at the world cup. It is almost his solo effort that pulled the Kiwis to the final.
Jason Roy (England) Batsman
The destructive opening batsman has become one of the mainstays of England’s cricket team. His impact was so influential that three missed games with injury almost cost England the world cup title. Despite the absence, the opener still made it to the list of top ten run-scorers, with 426 runs. His assault during the Australian game helped crush the old enemy and push England to the final.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) all-rounder
Shakib stands out as the best all-rounder and his performance helped the fortunes of Bangladesh at the world cup. He has broken records along the way including scoring 606 runs at an average of 86.57.
What’s more, Shakib picked up 11 wickets at 36.27. It made him the first cricketer in the world cup’s history to score 500 plus runs and take 10 plus wickets.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)Bowler
The Australian fast bowler lights up every match with his pace, bounce, and verve. His record-breaking 273 wickets made him one of the most efficient bowlers in the world. In 2015, Starc was the Man of the tournament at the World Cup.
Martin Guptill (New Zealand) Fielder
When New Zealand played Australia, Martin Guptil’s one-handed catch stood out as the best moment. In 2015, Guptill was the top-scorer of the World Cup but he didn’t replicate the same form in 2019. However, his fielding and catching helped the Kiwis to the final.
Other cricketers at the 2019 world cup worth mention include Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, David Warner, ViratKohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow to mention a few.
Cashing In On the Love for Cricket
The record viewership numbers reaching 706 million viewers during the 2019 ICC Cricket highlight the growing popularity of the sport. While most fans catch the action online and on TV, others cash in on the love for sports through online betting.
Bitcoin cricket betting has helped punters across the world place bet easily on their favourite teams and players. This new technology provides allows faster transactions, anonymity, and safety for cricket sports fans.
For cricket fans, this sport is a way of life. Reviewing the last world cup is one of the favourite activities every year the sport’s event takes place. With the advent of the internet, it is easy to access the latest cricket news and get updates on your favourite team and players.