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2019 Cricket World Cup – Our top five batsmen of the tournament so far

England’s captain Eoin Morgan made ODI history in his team’s crushing World Cup victory over hapless Afghanistan on Tuesday – smashing 17 sixes in his magnificent innings of 148 – the most by an individual batsman ever in a one day game.

It has been, so far, a cricket World Cup full of runs. Here, we look at the hottest batsmen who are tearing bowling attacks apart and rucking up the runs, and make up our top five batsmen of the tournament so far :

SHAKIB AL HASAN – Bangladesh (Innings 4, Runs 384, Average 128.00)

Going into todays fixture with Australia, Shakib Al Hasan has the most runs in the tournament, with a superb average and strike rate of over 100 (103.78). Al Hasan’s runs have been crucial to Bangladesh still being in with a chance of making the semi finals. He has posted totals of 75, 64, 121 and 124 not out. Although he has only hit two sixes in his runs total, Al Hasan has hit more fours than any other batsman in the 2019 World Cup to date (43). Simply a joy to watch.

ROHIT SHARMA – India (Innings 3, Runs 319, Average 159.50)

Another prodigious, sublime and technically superb Indian batsman to add to the list, Sharma has been breathtaking in his three innings to date, notching scores of 122 not out, 57 and an unforgettable 140 against fierce rivals Pakistan. Opening the innings is never the easiest of roles, but Sharma has to be one of the best in the business in the one day format of the game. Six sixes so far not the biggest of totals, but the shot making abilities of this wonderful Indian bat means the maximums aren’t ever really needed.

JOE ROOT – England (Innings 5, Runs 367, Average 99.72)

Root is the epitome of a test match player playing the one day game. Rarely swashbuckling, like his English counterparts Roy or Morgan, neither explosive, like Buttler or Stokes, Root is simply a brick wall to bowl at. His temperament and focus are virtually unequalled amongst his peers. Root will keep the scoreboard ticking along and become the perfect base for these large English totals. Only two sixes, but currently third in the number of fours hit, Root is England’s Mr Reliable – and the prized wicket of any opposition bowling attack.

DAVID WARNER – Australia (Innings 6, Runs 447, Average 89.40)

With the game versus Bangladesh underway, and including his total of 166 just posted, Warner has re-established himself as one of the most feared ODI batsman in the world, after his 12 month ban for his part in the ball tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket. Warner is very much a boom or bust batsman – his six innings so far in this World Cup have been 89 not out, 3, 56, 107, 26 and 166. Hugely powerful, six sixes and 40 fours are included in his aggregate to date and, along with opening partner Aaron Finch, form half of probably the most destructive opening two’s in ODI cricket.

KANE WILLIAMSON – New Zealand (Innings 3, Runs 225, Average 225)

Not the most runs, but getting Williamson out has proved so far to be very difficult for bowlers to do. Since he was dismissed for 40 against Bangladesh, Williamson is now 185 not out across his last two games, and his 106 against South Africa, literally, won the game for the Kiwis that had been on a knife edge. Williamson isn’t explosive like Warner, or sublime like Sharma – he is more in the Joe Root mould, currently the #2 ranked batsman in the world Test rankings. But, like Root, he is the man the Kiwis form their platform on in either building totals, or chasing them down.