Ahead of the World Cup, Australian great Mark Waugh on Friday picked Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler, and David Warner as his top three batsmen for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
And the 53-year-old had no doubts over his first pick, telling cricket.com.au: ‘Definitely Virat Kohli. He’s number one.’
Kohli is regarded as one of the greatest ODI players in history, with a staggering 41 centuries and 49 fifties from 227 matches. Kohli, who clinched all three major ICC awards earlier in the year, will hope to lead his country to a third World Cup trophy.
Moving over to England’s wicket-keeper batsman Buttler, Waugh said he would have the player at number two in his top three.
"Jos Buttler, I’d have him at No.2 in the top three,” Waugh said.
Buttler has been in exceptional form of late, smashing a 50-ball century in the recently concluded ODI series against Pakistan. He even scored a knock of 150 runs off just 77 balls against West Indies earlier this year. Ahead of the World Cup, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed named Buttler as the one rival player he wished was part of his own squad.
Waugh turned to a fellow Australian to round off his top three, adding: ‘Aaron Finch at his best is right up there, so is David Warner. I’ll go with David Warner.’ After missing 12 months of international cricket due to his ban for ball-tampering, Warner starred at the 2019 Indian Premier League, finishing the tournament as the leading run-scorer. In 104 ODI innings, left-hander Warner has made 14 centuries and will look to add to that tally during Australia’s upcoming World Cup defence.
The much-awaited World Cup is scheduled to take place in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14. England will play against South Africa in the curtain-raiser at The Oval in London.
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