The upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 is scheduled to commence in a weeks time and this time it is expected that the 500-run mark will be breached for the first time in ODI cricket. In the last decade or so, it has been seen quite a few times that the teams score the 350-plus or 400+ totals but never did any team cross the much-anticipated yet feared 500 marks.
On the other hand, this is the high time to create some balance between batting and bowling in cricket, a talk that has been going on and on in the modern era of cricket. But if the upcoming tournament is the one that will rock the cricketing world then expect huge individual performances as well.
There have been a lot of predictions going on for the World Cup and the India skipper Virat Kohli is an obvious first choice to be amongst the ‘favorites’ to become the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He will be entering the tournament with a tally of 4306 runs at a remarkable average of 78.29 which includes 19 centuries in ODIs the most since the conclusion of the previous World Cup.
Some others among the top choices are David Warner, who recently won the Orange Cap in the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is raring to making a comeback on the international arena after a one-year international ban. Martin Guptill who was the highest run-scorer in World Cup 2015, seems out of touch this year and won’t be in the competition.
Apart from them, England’s batting is all powerful with batsmen like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Eoin Morgan.
But according to local bookmakers of South Africa, Kohli has most no. of chances to become the highest run-scorer as he being backed at 6/1 in the upcoming showpiece event. Meanwhile, Warner and Bairstow are joint second-favorites at 10/1, followed by Root at 12/1.
A few other choices are South Africa’s Quinton de Kock at 14/1, along with Australia’s Steve Smith and the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan with the same bet. South African skipper Faf du Plessis is next at 28/1, followed by the underrated limited-overs specialist Hashim Amla with 33/1 backing and Aiden Markram at 40/1. Meanwhile, David Miller comes in at 80/1 while Rassie van der Dussen is at 100/1 and JP Duminy at 150/1.