“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the World Cup after 28 years!” These words by Ravi Shastri as India scored the winning runs in the 2011 ICC World Cup still echo in our ears giving us immense joy and a sense of pride as no team had ever won the World Cup at their home ground. The 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was not a bad one for India as they had reached the semi-finals then as well. Almost a decade ago, India won the World Cup and it doesn’t seem difficult this year either as India goes to the World Cup as favourites to win. The World Cup is all set to start from 30th May in England & Wales and it would be very riveting to see how India performs against the likes of England and South Africa under the leadership of Virat Kohli.
With the World Cup just around the corner, here are 3 Indian batsmen who can be the leading run scorers.
1. Virat Kohli :
The captain of the Indian side across all the three formats has been on a role ever since. Calling him a beast would actually be an understatement. Recently, he bagged the ICC ODI player of the year, ICC Test player of the year and the ICC Cricketer of the year awards and was the first player in history to bag all these awards in a single year. Considered to be the best chaser ever, Virat Kohli is going to be the most important player for India in the World Cup. Keeping aside his captaincy, as a player he has been in exemplary form and there is no opponent against whom he would be frightened to score.
2. Rohit Sharma :
The current opener for India, Rohit Sharma has never looked back after a slow start to his career. The only player ever to score three double centuries in ODI cricket, he has never failed to impress with his sheer batting skills. Rohit has more than 7454 runs from 193 ODIs at an average of 47.78 and a strike-rate of 88.67 and has also scored 21 brilliant centuries. If he continues to be in his prime form there is nothing stopping him from being the leading run scorer at the World Cup.
3. MS Dhoni :
Probably the last World Cup for MS Dhoni this year, it is going to be really fascinating to see MS play some big shots at the World Cup this year. Recently, he bagged the Man Of The Series award for the ODI series against New Zealand. Scoring at an average of 121 and a strike rate of around 79, there is no doubt that MS Dhoni still has the capability to be the leading run-scorer for India if he is pushed a bit up the order.
If these 3 players are in prime form, there is nothing that can stop India from getting the cup home. Keeping the fact in mind that India won their first ever World Cup in England, it would be seemingly interesting to find out if history will repeat itself.