A mixed bag for Kohli leading into the World Cup. India’s form heading into the competition hasn’t been their finest but on paper, the side is arguably the most dangerous. An amazing 3-2 comeback series win by Australia proved this side had weaknesses and Kohli and co will need to overcome their recent battles to make it deep into the competition. Kohli is the clear favourite to finish the World Cup as the tournaments leading runs scorer (and deserving so) at $8.50, but his form tally will certainly depend on those around him in the top of the order to last out 50 overs. The World’s No.1 batsman will have both the weight and support of 1.3 billion people, and we expect him to deliver.
Home crowd advantage? Check. Top of the order? Check. Red-hot form? Check. Jonny Bairstow is just the underdog backing you need heading into the World Cup. A standout 128 runs from 93 balls in a high-scoring victory over Pakistan in Bristol is certainly hard to ignore coming into the competition. We’re expecting Bairstow to lift his 47.53 batting average by the end of the tournament and likely place himself on the podium for the top runners table. Bairstow sits as a second-overall favourite with a value of $10 to take out the honours. If he’s your man, be sure to use pointsbet 2019 for the best odds for the big hitter!
The 2019 World Cup will be New Zealand’s first under the reigns of Kane Williamson, and we expect him to lead with bat-in-hand. At a price of $17, Williamson is a top option with value-for-money. Heavily backed to sit atop the Kiwis’ run tally and outscore 2015’s leading runs champion Martin Guptill, Williamson will be expected to last 20-30 overs at the crease, guaranteeing a few half centuries at least.
Warner will be one of the most watched batsmen in the competition as he returns from a 12-month ban for the sandpaper ball-tampering incident. While his time at the crease at an international level has stopped, the runs haven’t. Since returning to the Australian side, Warner picked up where he left off with record numbers at the top of Australia’s order as well as an impressive Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers. Expect Warner to start the tournament off with a bang, so jumping on his value at $11 now before it drops might be a smart call.
Averaging 92.3 runs across his ODI series against Pakistan, Jason Roy is arguably the most in-form batter heading into the World Cup. His runs streak and a home backyard tournament certainly mix well for the 28-year-old who’s priced at $11 to finish as the leading runs scorer. The Three Lions will certainly look to impress at home and finish deep into the competition, and with more games to play, the more time at the crease for Jason Roy.