India seems ready with the perfect batting order to encounter the biggest challenge in England, World cup 2019. In the previous year, India crept for the second position in the ICC ODI rankings by consequent series victories against Australia, New Zealand, home series against West Indies, and Asia Cup. The Indians need to encounter South Africa in the World Cup match on 5th June 2019.
Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Kartik are fighting for the position of reserve wicket-keeper whereas Manish Pandey and KL Rahul expect to gain a slot in the final squad. Here is a look at a few predictions about the batting order for world cup based on their performances in 2018.
He stood as the second top scorer in 2018 by scoring 1264 runs with the highest score of 162 runs at an average of 64.95 and strike rate 95.18. He slammed 6 centuries and one half-century. He is the formidable captain for the team in the absence of Virat Kohli. His reputation as the best opener makes him the first option to open the game.
His arrogant style makes him the formidable opener though he faced ups and downs in the first half of 2018. He has a whopping average of 65.06 and recorded one of his best scores, along with amassing 5701 runs with Rohit Sharma from 138 ODIs as an opening partner. He played 26 games in 2018 and added 1105 runs at an average of 46.04 and strike rate above 95. His best performance is 127 runs in an ODI along with three centuries and four half-centuries.
He is one of the world’s best batsmen and recorded whopping scores in 2018 along with attaining some memorable benchmarks. Though he was rested for most of the games in England series, he slammed 1391 runs from 19 ODIs with the highest score of 160* at an average of 99.35 and strike rate above 98. He added 6 centuries and four half-centuries this year.
He finally attained the fourth position in the batting lineup by overcoming injury woes after wonderful performances in IPL 2018. He might not be the apt choice due to lack of experience in ODIs but Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli found him the right man for the job. He played 18 ODIs and added 706 runs with a strike rate of 86.44 at an average of 50.50. He recorded the highest score of 100 in 2018 and added one century and four half-centuries.
Though he faced criticism due to poor form in earlier series, he bounced back with his performances in New Zealand as the best finisher. He played a pivotal role in the victory of India against Australia in the ODI series with 2-1 and his performance is magnificent in New Zealand series. He played 25 games and added 513 runs with his highest score being 87 runs at an average of 39.46 and his strike rate is 79.46. He added three half-centuries and his crucial 48 runs gifted India a most needed win.
He missed many opportunities to represent India in crucial series due to injuries but recorded a comeback with his recent form. He is a handy lower order batsman and is a versatile off-spinner. He played 16 matches and slammed 205 runs from 9 occasions he got the chance to bat with the highest score of unbeaten 61 runs. His average is 51.25 and strike rate above 98.08.
He is one of the versatile all-rounders for India and is a capable fielder though he encountered injury woes and suspension on most of the occasions. His seam bowling is one of the points Indian selectors consider to choose him over others. He played 12 ODIs in 2018 and added 126 runs at an average of 18 and strike rate above 110.52.