ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mark Waugh picks Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler and David Warner as three top batsmen at mega event

Kohli, who clinched all three major ICC awards earlier in the year, will hope to lead his country to a third World Cup trophy. The Indian captain goes into the tournament on the back of 41 centuries with a stupendous average of 59.57.

Press Trust of India, May 24, 2019 19:02:23 IST

Melbourne: Ahead of the World Cup, Australian great Mark Waugh has picked his top three ODI batsman with Indian skipper Virat Kohli being the number one choice.

"Definitely Virat Kohli. He's No.1." Waugh told cricket.com.au.

Kohli, who clinched all three major ICC awards earlier in the year, will hope to lead his country to a third World Cup trophy. The Indian captain goes into the tournament on the back of 41 centuries with a stupendous average of 59.57.

File image of Virat Kohli.

File image of Virat Kohli.

For his second pick Waugh went for England's Jos Buttler.

Buttler has been in incredible form, scoring a 50-ball century against Pakistan in Southampton earlier this month after smashing 150 from 77 balls against the West Indies.

"Jos Buttler, I'd have him at No.2 in the top three," Waugh said.

For the number three place Waugh settled on fellow countrymen David Warner after contemplating between the former vice-captain and current skipper Aaron Finch.

"Aaron Finch at his best is right up there, so is David Warner," said Waugh.

"I'll go with David Warner."

After facing a one-year international ban owing to his role in the ball-tampering scandal last year, Warner returned to competitive cricket in tremendous form. He finished as the top scorer in the recently concluded Indian Premier League.

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Updated Date: May 24, 2019 19:02:23 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