The 2019 ICC ODI World Cup kick-started in May and we have been treated to some mind-boggling action so far. India began their World Cup campaign against South Africa and defeated the Proteas convincingly. Speaking of winning, India has to win their next game against Australia on 9th of June.
It will be a big game against the Aussies, who are five-time champions of the World and are the defending champions currently. So, before the big game of the two heavyweights, we take a look at the biggest moments from the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 so far:
1) South Africa and their ‘Chokers’ Tag
After the announcement that Ab de Villiers would retire before the World Cup, not after it, I had some doubts regarding South Africa’s chances. Three games into the tournament, the Proteas are being called ‘Chokers’ again, due to their habit of getting choked on the big stage.
2) Bowlers Dominating in England
Bowlers can win you Tournament, doubt me? Look no far than 2015 when Michel Stark was named Man of the Tournament, for taking 15 wickets for the Aussies. In England too, the exploits of Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal justified that Batsmen win you games but bowlers win you tournaments.
3) Rohit Sharma, India’s Mr. Dependable
Fresh off of winning the IPL with Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma came into the World Cup in the best way possible. He seemed to have picked up where he left, as he displayed his temperament and patience against the Proteas to lead his team to a win. Known for the hard-hitting style of play, Rohit played a sensible inning and showed India can depend on him.
4) No underdog show so far?
With the likes of Ireland and Hong Kong missing this summer in the World Cup, the title of underdogs may go to the likes of Afghanistan, but they have yet to give the world a glimpse of glimmer that Ireland gave the globe when they upset England at the biggest stage of them all. For Afghanistan to stake their claim, they need to pick themselves up and perform here, where it counts.