The ICC World Cup 2019 will begin from May 30 and the anticipation is high amongst the followers of all the teams whether who will win the tournament. All the ten captains gathered for a conversation with the media reporters yesterday in the press conference. The skippers discussed about the conditions that will be there in the challenging 50-overs tournament and also about their preparations.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch doesn't see things too differently either, where he pins hopes on batsmen having a merry time in the upcoming tournament. "If you look at the trajectory of the scores in the country in the last few years, it has kept going up and up," he noted at the pre-world cup captains' conference in London on Thursday (May 23). "We have been at the receiving end of the highest one. I don't want to put a number on it (the highest total this world cup), because it is going to be so hard to tell. On some really good wickets, on some really small grounds, if the top orders get going for 50 overs, it can be anything.”
It is a story told several times over in the last four years, and the climax of it all is expected to be the upcoming world cup. But even as talks of big scores and a possibility of 500 being scored in an innings looms large, Faf du Plessis, South Africa skipper, believes "There are a few X factor bowlers with all the teams who are going to play a pivotal roles."
Wicket-taking bowlers will be important
It is an important pointer, especially when the contest is so much about bat vs bat. In such a scenario, where big scores are expected to be a key feature, it could well come down to the team with a more potent bowling attack - one that can take wickets, that could have a stronger say. "Your bowling attack and the kind of wicket-takers you have in your resources is going to be important for all of us as captains," du Plessis added.
"We have spoken a lot about the batting, but a lot of it also depends on how the bowling attacks operate to keep the batsmen in check. There might be some freeflow play but we are playing a lot in similar grounds where the pitches and blocks might deteriorate, where some are suited for the bat, some will be suited for the ball," quoted Kane Williamson.
"We all need to do that (work hard to keep the morale of the bowlers up). We all saw in the last England-Pakistan series. It is not going to be an easy job," said Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne.