With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 just a couple of weeks away, CricDost takes a look at the squads and their strongest XI participants along with their teams. The deadline for making any changes to their squads comprising of 15 members, ends on May 23rd, 2019. While most of the players within each team remain unchanged, there have been some forced dropouts due to injuries. Here are the 10 teams and their strongest XI for the upcoming World Cup Cricket.
On April 15th when India announced its 15-member team, some amazing things happened. Rishabh Pant was not included despite being flaunted as the best batsman who would resolve the challenge of the middle order at number 4. At the same time, due to his three-dimensional abilities, Vijay Shankar was chosen. Since the team had to have a fair balance of experienced candidates as well, Dinesh Karthik was counted in. With Virat Kohli as Captain leading the Indian order, he is bound to choose a well-rounded batting lineup with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni. Bowling will be taken over by some experienced hands such as Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Kuldeep Yadav. While Ravindra Jadeja is all set to play a crucial role, Yuzvendra Chahal will launch the spin attack.
Full Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
Last year David Warner and Steve Smith were banned following a ball-tampering scandal for a full year. With their inclusion now, the Australian side seems to be picking up some steam and as of today, considered as one of the strongest sides ahead of the World Cup 2019. Other key batsmen included are Usman Khwaja, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa for bowling and Pat Cummins.
Strongest Playing XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.
Full Squad: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.
Currently, team England is no.1 in the world and is also favorites of the fans this time around. They have been performing consistently well especially on home turf. Skipper Eoin Morgan is all set to lead the side accompanied by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler. The side would balance its skills and brawns if Jofra Archer were to be included.
Strongest Playing XI: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, David Willey
Full Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Going by the average age of their squad, Pakistan would actually be the youngest team in this World Cup. Most of the members will be playing their maiden big game and Sarfaraz Ahmed is all set to lead the team. Mohammad Amir’s name was surprisingly omitted at first but included later on. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Hasnain are going to give a good match. Some of the dangerous batsmen of the tournament remain Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Spinners Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, and Imad Wasim seem promising as well.
Strongest Playing XI: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
Full Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Hasnain/Mohammad Aamir.
South Africa (RSA)
There are some experienced and even performers such as Faf du Plessis in the South African Squad. These players have a decent exposure to international games. While a lot of responsibility does lie on Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock will be equally pressurized. Batting performer should be Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn should be the bowling performer. Imran Tahir is a key player as well and so is Kagiso Rabada especially if we were to go by their IPL 2019 scores.
Strongest Playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Full Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
New Zealand (NZ)
As strong contenders for the World Cup, New Zealand is looking to provide a tough competition to the other participants in the 12th edition of the tournament. Ross Taylor has enough experience of playing across three World Cups. Even Tim Southee and Martin Guptill will be playing their third bout. Overall, Kane Williamson will be leading a good and experienced team except for debutant Tom Blundell mostly at wicket keeping and Tom Latham.
Strongest Playing XI: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Full Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
West Indies (WI)
There are many new names and even familiar ones in the Caribbean squad. Led by Jason Holder as captain and Chris Gayle who has also played the last world cup as his vice-captain, the team seems quite hazardous and ready to face their opponents. A lot is expected out of Andre Russell after his recent IPL 2019 performance along with a middle-order comprising of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo.
Strongest Playing XI: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Evin Lewis, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.
Full Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer.
There are some really experienced players playing the World Cup from Bangladesh yet. One of the key players is bound to be Mustafizur Rahman and one of the biggest surprises is the inclusion of Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Besides, you also have Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal forming a strong team.
Strongest Playing XI: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun.
Full Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed
This time around, Afghanistan is bringing in some big players for the tournament such as Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The squad is fairly young and will be led by Gulbadin Naib and former captain Asghar Afghan who brings a lot of experience to the table. Spinners Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are expected to arrest the run flow and the middle order is expected to be made up of Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, and Mohammad Nabi.
Strongest Playing XI: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan
Full Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Sri Lanka (SL)
The Sri Lankan team will see some stability with Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews although valuable players of yore such as Jayawardene and Sangakkara will be missed. Otherwise, the team remains largely inexperienced with the inclusion of Dimuth Karunaratne who has remained out of the game since 2015. The team will also miss the contribution of Upul Tharangawere and Dinesh Chandimal.
Strongest Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis.
Full Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.
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