World Cup: Analyzing the batting line-up of teams

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11 May 2019

2019 World Cup: Comparing the batting line-up of major teams

The World Cup 2019 is less than three weeks away.

All the teams will be raring to have a crack, as they play matches in the round robin format. Only four teams will enter the semi-finals.

The batsmen will play a major role in team's success this term.

In this light, we compare the batting firepower of SENA countries, along with India and Pakistan.

South Africa

South Africa's hopes pinned on Faf du Plessis

South Africa's hopes pinned on Faf du Plessis

South Africa have a strong opening department on offer.

Aiden Markram, wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock provide the shield alongside veteran Hashim Amla.

The versatile Rassie van der Dussen is someone who adds depth in the middle.

Skipper Faf du Plessis will be the main force of this batting line-up.

Veteran southpaws JP Duminy and David Miller need to contribute immensely for the side.

Australia

Australia go in as the in-form side

Australia have been playing well of late. The return of Steve Smith and David Warner is the major highlight.

In-form Usman Khawaja could open alongside Warner.

Smith is their main asset, with Aaron Finch coming in the middle.

Shaun Marsh adds solidity as well. Glenn Maxwell has been consistent, with Alex Carey being the wicket-keeper batsman.

Aussies will look to rotate the side well.

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India

India have the best top order

India have the best top order

India have the best top-order. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli will handle the duties.

The form of these three could determine India's success.

MS Dhoni is enjoying a splendid form and can be India's trump card.

Kedar Jadhav is a strong candidate. KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik add depth from the bench.

However, India's weakest link remains the number four position.

New Zealand

New Zealand need to step up

New Zealand will be need to put in commendable shifts with the bat.

They have the desired names, but the players can be inconsistent.

Kane Williamson is the star man and will carry the side.

Experienced Ross Taylor brings solidity as well. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are the openers.

Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham fit in as well alongside uncapped wicket-keeper Tom Blundell.

England

England have powerful names in XI

England have powerful names in XI

England are the number one-ranked ODI side in the world and a lot of the credit should go to the lethal opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.

Joe Denly could be the back-up opener, with Joe Root providing solidity at number three.

The middle order is strong. Skipper Eoin Morgan holds the card.

The services of Jos Buttler lift this star-studded side.

Pakistan

Pakistan need to produce consistency

Pakistan have a decent top order unit.

Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman are the three choices.

The classy Babar Azam is their major strength at number three.

His performance will define Pakistan's journey in the 2019 World Cup.

Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed bring immense quality and experience in the middle.

Haris Sohail is in the mix as well.

These three nations lead the batting show: Our take

Looking at these six countries, England, India and Australia lead the show. Morgan's side in particular has the best batting unit on offer alongside India. Aussies can offer substance as well. Pakistan and New Zealand need to work hard, alongside South Africa.

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Aaron Finch

Abid Ali

Aiden Markram

Alex Carey

Babar Azam

Colin Munro

David Miller

David Warner

Dinesh Karthik

Eoin Morgan

Experienced Ross Taylor

Faf du Plessis

Fakhar Zaman

Glenn Maxwell

Haris Sohail

Hashim Amla

Henry Nicholls

In-form Usman Khawaja

India

Jason Roy

Joe Denly

Joe Root

Jonny Bairstow

Jos Buttler

JP Duminy

Kane Williamson

Kedar Jadhav

KL Rahul

Martin Guptill

Mohammad Hafeez

MS Dhoni

Quinton de Kock

Rassie van der Dussen

Rohit Sharma

Ross Taylor

Sarfaraz Ahmed

SENA

Shaun Marsh

Shikhar Dhawan

Shoaib Malik

Skipper Eoin Morgan

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South Africa

Steve Smith

Tom Blundell

Tom Latham

Usman Khawaja

Virat Kohli

Warner

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