Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to be played in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July. With top ten teams participating in this year’s competition, the expectations are that we will get to see competitive games in this edition of World Cup.
All the teams have announced their squads for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. The warm-up matches will be played from 24th May till 28th May. World Champions Australia have done well in the limited-overs cricket this season and will be looking to do well in the competition. Host nation England will start as favorites to win the coveted trophy.
Wicket-keeper will play a vital in this year’s World Cup. With the bat and behind the stumps, wicket-keeper will certainly be instrumental in helping come out on top in big matches.
Let’s take a look top three wicket-keepers to watch out for in the Cricket World Cup 2019.
First on the list is England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, who has done exceedingly well for the side for the past couple of years. The 28-year old is a destructive player at the back end of the innings in white-ball cricket and accumulated 3387 runs in 127 matches at a strike rate of 118.
In the Indian Premier League, Buttler showed excellent form with the bat and continued his splendid form during the one-day series against Pakistan at home. In home conditions, his numbers are even better and will be one player to watch out for England in this year’s World Cup.
Quinton de Kock
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is one of the premier players to watch out for in this World Cup. He has been proven match-winner for the side with the bat but also is a sound technician behind the stumps in limited-overs cricket.
Left-hander batsman has scored 4602 runs in 106 matches at an average of 45 with 14 centuries to his name. He has 157 dismissals to his name in limited-overs cricket.
De Kock has played 106 ODIs for South Africa and scored 4602 runs at an average of 45. He has completed 157 dismissals in the same format of the game.
He has performed reasonably well in the one-day format this season and will be keen to make an impact with the bat at the top of the innings for South Africa in this World Cup.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
There is no doubt that MS Dhoni would be looking to end his international career on a high. The 37-year old has done well with the bat this season and contributed with crucial scores for India. He is certainly an asset for India in this World Cup. With his sharp cricketing acumen and also strong communication with the bowlers, expect India to lift their third World Cup this year.
In 341 one-day games, Dhoni has scored 10500 runs at an average of 50.72. He also has scored 10 centuries and 71 half-centuries while playing for India in white-ball cricket.
However, the best test for Dhoni whether he can finish off games for India in this year’s World Cup. He batting prowess has been on the wane but he will be keen to do well in this competition.