ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Allan Border picks Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as top captains in mega tournament

Legendary batsman Allan Border on Saturday picked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as his top three ODI captains in the forthcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom.

Asian News International, May 25, 2019 21:00:00 IST

Melbourne: Legendary batsman Allan Border on Saturday picked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as his top three ODI captains in the forthcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom.

The 1987 World Cup-winning captain said that Kohli has impressed him as he wears his heart on his sleeves.

File image of Allan Border. Reuters

File image of Allan Border. Reuters

"Virat Kohli, I think he's a different type of captain. He's a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve. So the players know if they've stuffed up because he's one of those really in-your-face-type skippers," cricket.com.au quoted Border, as saying.

Moving to Morgan, Border said the English man has driven England to the top of ODI cricket with daring game plans.

"That game plan under Trevor Bayliss as coach and Eoin Morgan, I think he's a seriously good one-day cricketer, and he's as good a captain as there is going around. Tactically he's very good and their game plan at the moment is a dangerous game plan to play against," Border said.

"England, I think they're doing exceptionally well. They've brought a different game plan to the table which is going to be interesting to see how it pans out in the World Cup.

"They're a dangerous side because of it and you know as the bowling group you're under pressure. The way it looks to me, they might drop the odd game but they're going to win enough games to get through to the semi-finals and that's what it's all about," he added.

To round his top three, the 63-year-old Australian pointed out the way his compatriot Finch has rebuild the team in the past 12 months after David Warner and Steve Smith's ball-tampering scandal.

"Aaron Finch is doing a great job. He's got a good feel around the group, I think that's what he brings to his captaincy. Everyone knows their responsibilities and it's a good environment to play in. So that's a good start as a captain. He's done a very good job," Border said.

The Cricket World Cup is scheduled to run from 30 May to 14 July. In the curtain-raiser, England will play against South Africa at The Oval in London.

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Updated Date: May 25, 2019 21:00:00 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254