The anticipation is building as cricket fans worldwide eagerly await the commencement of the ICC Cricket World Cup, scheduled to begin on 5th October. With ten formidable teams vying for the prestigious trophy, the tournament promises to deliver exhilarating matches and unforgettable moments. Notably, this edition marks a historic moment as India plays host to the World Cup for the very first time.
As the cricketing world gears up for this grand spectacle, the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently unveiled its list of the top 5 batters on their official social media platforms.
Who are ICC’s top 5 batters?
The star-studded lineup includes iconic names such as Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson, each possessing the ability to change the course of a game with their batting prowess.
However, one conspicuous omission from this elite list was Steven Smith, a cricketer celebrated as one of the most accomplished in the history of the sport. Smith’s absence from the ICC’s top five does not diminish his significance, especially as he is set to play a pivotal role in Australia’s quest for a record-breaking sixth title on Indian soil.
For India, Virat Kohli remains the linchpin of their batting lineup, having consistently been their leading run-scorer in limited-overs formats. The hopes of a nation rest on his shoulders as he aims to anchor the Indian team to success in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper, carries immense responsibility as he seeks to alter India’s fortunes in ICC events. The Men in Blue have not secured an ICC trophy since their Champions Trophy triumph in 2013, and Rohit will be determined to lead his side to victory.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, though a formidable force, has faced fitness concerns following an ACL injury during the 2023 IPL. His absence from the opening match against England leaves fans eager for his return to the field.
As for Joe Root, this World Cup might mark his final appearance on this grand stage. The former England Test captain will undoubtedly strive to make it a memorable swansong, leaving an indelible mark on the tournament’s history.