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Sachin names his best WC XI, picks Kane as skipper


India’s great Sachin Tendulkar who watched ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has picked his best playing XI of the tournament. He has named five Indians in the team.

Sachin names his best WC XI, picks Kane as skipper
Kane Williamson was adjudged Man of the Tournament. Photo: Getty Images

He listed the players of World Cup XI while speaking on the TV show in Star Sports. He decided to go with India’s explosive opener Rohit Sharma and Australia’s ferocious opener David Warner. Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 648 runs from 9 innings with five centuries and 1 half-century to his name while David Warner who played 10 matches finished as the second-highest run-scorer just one run behind Rohit Sharma.

Sachin has picked Jonny Bairstow as his wicketkeeper-batsman. He has scored 532 runs from 11 matches at 48.32 to help his win the maiden World Cup title.

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Sachin preferred New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for the crucial No. 3 slot and also picked him as his skipper of his World Cup playing XI. Kane Williamson has led his team to two successive ICC tournament finals. He was named the player of the 2019 tournament who has scored 578 runs to his name.

Tendulkar wants Virat Kohli to bat No. 4 followed by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Kohli amassed 443 runs in nine innings with five consecutive fifties in this World Cup and Shakib scored 606 runs and claimed 11 wickets.

Tendulkar has made it very clear about the bowling options. The main ones are Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer whereas Ben Stokes and Hardik Pandya were picked as seam bowling all-rounders. Mitchell Starc surpassed Glenn McGrath’s record to finish as the top wicket-taker in World Cup 2019 with 27 scalps.

Jofra Archer follows next on the list as he finished with 20 wickets while Bumrah took 18 wickets in the marquee event.

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who played in only two matches during the World Cup has found his place in Sachin Tendulkar’s selection. As quality matters a lot, Jadeja was super impressive in those 2 matches.

He scored a sensational 77-run knock in the final against New Zealand despite India’s 18-run defeat. He not only contributed with the bat and ball, but he also proved to be a terrific fielder as well. He has saved over 47 runs in those 2 matches.

Here’s Sachin Tendulkar’s best World Cup 2019 XI:

Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson (captain), Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer.

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