ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Best of the league stages

Omkar Paranjape
Monday, 8 July 2019

As the league stage comes to an end, we take a look at some of the best players of WC

In a World Cup not blessed with tight finishes, New Zealand and West Indies served up a barely believable thriller on 22 June - one that was still undecided when Carlos Brathwaite sent the ball into the Old Trafford night. Despite his heroics, West Indies lost the match by 5 runs.

Shikhar Dhawan, the injured Indian opening batsman played a jaw-dropping dab over the wicket-keeper during India’s win over Australia. Given that Pat Cummins was bowling in 140s, Dhawan’s audacious shot-selection get the billing from us.

Rohit Sharma with his five centuries or Mitchell Starc with 24 scalps? My vote goes to Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan. Although Bangladesh are knocked out, Shakib’s total of 606 runs and 11 wickets helped his team perform admirably throughout.

England captain Eoin Morgan’s 148 gets the nod. Morgan’s 17 sixes on a riotous afternoon at Old Trafford was part of an England total of 25 maximums against Afghanistan on 18 June. Both are one-day international records.

Mitchell Starc’s toe-crusher, which sunk England against Australia. In a stiff chase, Ben Stokes was well set on 89 and batting beautifully. The lanky left-hand quick had different ideas though- the yorker he produced to demolish the stumps was unplayable as it gets.

Ben Stokes flying wonder on the mid-wicket boundary against South Africa certainly takes the honours. Andile Phehlukwayo smacked one on the leg-side boundary, where Stokes’ spectacular backwards tumbling catch was no less than a marvel. 

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper embracing 87-year-old India fan Charulata Patel after the game against Bangladesh at Edgbaston was certainly the moment of the group stages.

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