World Cup: Who can be the top run-scorer?

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07 Jun 2019

World Cup: Batsmen who can be the top run-getter

Before the mega carnival of cricket, World Cup started everyone expected that the average score this term will be 300-plus, but the last few games have witnessed significant lesser being posted by the winning team.

But that hasn't stopped the matches from being exciting.

Several batsmen have ruled the proceedings.

Here we look at batsmen who can end up as the top run-getter.

Root

Joe Root can deliver the goods for England

Joe Root can deliver the goods for England

England have scored in excess of 300 in both their games so far. They have won one but lost the other.

Joe Root has a fifty and a ton under his belt.

He leads the run-scoring chart in World Cup 19 (158).

Root has been the reliable figure for the hosts at number three. He scores freely and rotates the strike well.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam is Pakistan's trump card

Babar Azam is massive for Pakistan and at number three he is a solid act.

Pakistan got back to winning ways against England after losing their opening tie.

Azam has amassed 85 runs so far and one expects the numbers to increase drastically.

He holds the cards with his vision and ability to score against top quality sides.

2019 can be Babar's year.

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Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan has started well for Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan has started well for Bangladesh

With 139 runs under his belt, Shakib has started the 2019 World Cup campaign with a bang.

He has been tried at number three and the decision looks smart.

Shakib has come in and stomped his authority.

His work ethic and ability to balance his innings gives him the comfort.

Bangladesh have showed character so far and Shakib's role should be lauded.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit has the temperament to score big

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten ton to win the match for India against Proteas on Wednesday.

Rohit's maturity, in the slowest ton of his career, was visible.

The 122-run knock will help him further in the tournament.

Rohit is a big-match player and he has scored aplenty in ODIs over the last two-three seasons.

If he clicks, it would be difficult to stop India.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith can go all the way for Australia

Steve Smith can go all the way for Australia

Australia's in-form batsman Steve Smith showed his value on Thursday against West Indies.

The star cricketer struck a patient 73 to guide the Aussies in their batting.

Smith has been in strong form since returning for Australia post the 12-month ban.

He scored freely in the warm-ups and has 91 runs under his belt after two CWC matches. Smith can go all the way.

Kohli, Warner

Kohli and Warner deserve a special mention

Virat Kohli didn't get the desired start against SA, but he cannot be kept out of business for long.

Kohli, who was the top ODI run-scorer in both 2017 and 2018, will be eyeing to join the party soon.

David Warner has notched 92 runs in two games for Australia.

The star cricketer has all the ingredients to notch match-winning innings.

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