CWC 2019: Top five batting performances
The mega event ICC Cricket World Cup has come to its end card with England clinching their maiden title. Even though there are some controversies rised in the tournament, it is never sort of a perfect competition between bat and ball.
As usual, this edition too brought many fantastic match-winning performances as well as fighting performances with bat and ball. Each performance showed the big is the tournament and fighting spirits of each and every player.
It is always hard to pick a limited no. of items from a bowl of best ones. Here we tried to pick something extra-ordinary from the best ones in the bowl. Let’s have a look at top five batting performances in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
1.Rohit Sharma 140 vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan is always a sure shot game for fans around the game. This time also there was a high expectation on the clash. But in the end, it ended up as one-sided in favour of India. One of the main reason for that is the ton from Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma played a magnificent 140 runs innings in the game including 14 fours and 3 sixes. He was in his beast mode and was smashing Pakistani bowlers all around the ground. His knock had a special six that resembled the iconic six hit by Sachin Tendulkar against Shoaib Akhtar in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
Not only in that match, but Rohit Sharma was also in form of his life in the entire tournament and ended up as the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 578 runs.
2.Shakib Al Hassan 124 vs West Indies
Like Rohit Sharma, Shakib Al Hassan was another player who was in terrific form in the tournament. Shakib was the prolific player in the edition with both bat and ball.
He displayed a classy batting in the league game against West Indies. Bangladesh were chasing 322 runs set by West Indies. After the good start from openers, Shakib capitalized it and made the job easier for Bangladesh. It was a day of the all-around performance from Shakib Al Hassan.
In the long chase, the left-handed batsman scored 124 runs with 16 fours and remained unbeaten. That knock led to the highest run chase for Bangladesh and moreover, they chased the target in just 41.3 overs.
3.Eoin Morgan 148 vs Afghanistan
Eoin Morgan is the proudest person in the world now as he led England to their first-ever World Cup win. Not only with captaincy but also Eoin Morgan did a good job with the bat too in the tournament.
It was against Afghanistan where English captain was in beast mode smashing the ball all around the boundaries of Old Trafford. Morgan scored an aggressive 148 runs from just 71 balls including only 4 fours and 17 sixes. Morgan created a world record for most no. of sixes in a single innings in a World Cup match.
At that moment everyone thought the English captain was all set for a double hundred as he was blazing with his bat. Unfortunately, he missed that on. But that knock helped his team for a pressure less win.
4.Carlos Brathwaite 101 vs New Zealand
As mentioned earlier, all the best knocks will not end up on the winning side. This is such a kind of knock from the Caribbean all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. This was a character-defining knock from Carlos Brathwaite.
Chasing a target of 292, West Indies were 164/7 when Carlos Brathwaite came into bat. Then the spirit came into play from the Caribbean all-rounder and he almost took his team to the winning position.
After scoring a fighting century, Brathwaite lost his wicket for a catch from Trent Boult and that was the tenth wicket of his team. That resulted in a 4 runs win for New Zealand. The all-rounder scored 101 runs from 82 balls including 9 fours and 5 sixes.
5.Ben Stokes 84 vs New Zealand
Here comes the best knock from the best match of the tournament. It is none other than the match-winning 84 runs from Ben Stokes in the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
England were losing wickets in regular interval. Then Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler had a good partnership which slightly turned the game in their side. But after the wicket of Jos Buttler again New Zealand started to dominate. Ben Stokes stayed calm and took the game till the last over.
With his knock, Stokes was able to tie the game for England and took it to the super over. In the super over also Ben Stokes played a good part. In the end, Ben Stokes was awarded as the man of the match for his unbeaten 84 runs from 98 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes.