Steve Waugh picks Sri Lanka as one of the semi-finalist of World Cup 2019
Former World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh picks Sri Lanka surprisingly as one of the semi-finalist of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. He also picks his premier batsman for the biggest event of cricket.
Waugh picked three obvious choices- his country Australia, the host England and the strong India for the semi-final spot. And for the fourth spot, he went for Sri Lanka which will come as a surprise for most of the cricket fans. Waugh was impressed by the performance of Sri Lanka against Australia especially how the Lankans handled the pace of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and co.
“While Sri Lanka didn’t generally threaten Australia with maybe the special case of their initial 15 overs of batting it was another positive advance for a team that appears to be destined to be participated in the semis with England, New Zealand and India,” the former Australian middle-order batsman said.
Sri Lanka are currently at 5th position in the point table with 4 points in five matches. They won the match against Afghanistan and their two matches were washed out due to rain against Pakistan and Bangladesh. And they lost against New Zealand and Australia with a big margin.
The greatest captain in the Test history of cricket, Steve Waugh also expressed his opinion about the best batsman in this year’s World Cup. He named Aaron Finch as his premier batsman pick and also praised his captaincy in the tournament.
“He has kept quiet and formed off the field in managing the media and has certainly been the premier batsman of the competition. His innings against Sri Lanka looked bound for a major number from ball one. On a decent quality surface against a modest attack his parity, placement, and power overpowered the opposition to the point where he was hitting to any place, at whatever point he needed,” Waugh told to ICC.
Aaron Finch has been the third highest run-scorer in the ongoing World Cup with 343 runs in 5 matches with the average of 68.60. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and England batsman Joe Root are ahead of him with 384 and 367 runs.