The last mega-event of men’s cricket, the paramount fixture in ODIs, ICC World Cup 2019, treated one and all with a spectacle of individual brilliance.
Cricketing stars across the globe rose up to the grand occasion and did all the talking with their performances.
Some of the stalwarts almost took their side to the knockout stages of the competition; single-handedly through their monumental tally of runs.
Let us look at the top five run-scorers of the 2019 World Cup in England:
5. Joe Root
The dark knight for the Englishmen in their successful campaign at home, Joe Root, stands fifth in the tally of most runs in the tournament. Root smashed a couple of tons along with three half-centuries during the tournament.
Root let the hard-hitting superstars take the limelight while silently amassing 578 runs, averaging 61 in 11 games he featured in. Ahead of the Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, and Steve Smith, who had similar roles in their respective teams.
4. Kane Willamson
New Zealand’s talismanic captain Kane Williamson did everything he could, only to end up on the losing side in the finals. Willamson stands one place over Root in the tally of most runs in the tournament.
Williamson averaged a whopping 82.57 while accumulating as many as 578 runs in the tournament. The Kiwi captain led from the front by scoring a couple of centuries and an equal number of half-centuries. His best knock came against West Indies where he struck a well-compiled 148.
3. Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh turned out to be a force to be reckoned during the latter half of the tournament due to their marquee all-rounder’s contributions after being promoted at number three.
Shakib scored 606 in just eight games and was one of the leading run-scorers throughout the tournament until Bangladesh were knocked out in the league phase of the competition. His best knocks came against West Indies (124 off 99) and England (121 off 119).
Shakib contributed brilliantly with the bat as he smashed five half-centuries along with his twin ton.
2. David Warner
After a scratchy start to the tournament, Warner found it challenging to get back his lost touch, especially after scoring a couple of slow half-centuries.
Averaging 71.89 in 10 games, Warner shed his rust off the blade with 166 against Bangladesh. Warner followed it up with a brilliant 121 against South Africa.
In aggregate, Warner stands second in the highest run-scorers of the tournament with 647 runs. He smashed three centuries and an equal number of half-centuries.
The top-scorer of the competition by scoring one more than Warner’s tally, Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma was threatening to ooze centuries off his blade, every time he took guard in England.
In just nine matches, Rohit hit hundreds against South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, three of them came in consecutive games. Thereby becoming the only batsman to achieve the feat.
Let’s have a look at the top 10 run-scorers of the 2019 World Cup:
- Rohit Sharma – 9,648
- David Warner – 10,647
- Shakib Al Hasan – 8,606
- Kane Williamson – 9,578
- Joe Root – 11,556
- Jonny Bairstow – 11,532
- Aaron Finch – 10,507
- Babar Azam – 8,474
- Ben Stokes – 10,465
- Jason Roy – 7,443