Rohit, Bumrah in ICC World Cup XI team, no place for Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were the only two Indians to feature in the ICC's World Cup 2019 Team of the Tournament, which didn’t have a place for Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was named the captain of the team while Alex Carey of Australia was appointed the wicketkeeper.
India vice-captain Rohit had a World Cup to remember where he not only finished as the highest run-getter (648 runs in nine innings), but also racked up a record five centuries, the most by any batsman in a single World Cup.
India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal where Rohit did not get runs, but personally the Mumbai batsman could not have asked for a better outing.
Hailed by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as "the best all-format bowler” in world cricket, Bumrah personified precision, hitting consistent lines and lengths with the efficiency of a metronome. He took 18 wickets in nine matches, but more importantly returned with an amazing economy rate of 4.41.
It would be hard to miss the destructive England opener Jason Roy, who was named as Rohit's opening partner.
The England opener had a decisive impact on his team's result in a manner unlike anyone else in the tournament. Roy instilled a much-needed sense of energy in his team, after they lost back-to-back games to Sri Lanka and Australia, and his impact was felt in England's must-win games, against India and New Zealand in the round-robin, and against Australia in the semi-final. He plundered 443 runs in seven innings with a highest score of 153 at an average of 63.28.
Williamson led from the front and but for the lesser number of boundaries hit by his team against England in the final, the Kiwis could have landed their maiden World Cup title.
Williamson was New Zealand's batting mainstay in the World Cup, amassing 578 runs in nine innings, the most by a captain in a single World Cup, to finish as the fourth highest run-getter in the tournament. He also marshalled his troops admirably, especially in the semifinal against India and in the final against England.
England batting mainstay Joe Root, who scored 556 runs in 11 innings, was also named in the ICC XI, followed by Shakib Al Hasan who had a dream World Cup, scoring 606 runs in 8 innings besides taking 11 wickets.
Player of the final Ben Stokes had to be there after having a stellar World Cup. Stokes will go down in history as one of England's best all-rounders. He had a great World Cup where he scored 465 runs in 10 innings and scalped 7 wickets besides taking the catch of the competition in the first match against South Africa.
Alex Carey was named the keeper, and his teammate Mitchell Starc, who finished as the highest wicket taker in the tournament with 27 scalps from 10 matches, was also included in the ICC World Cup XI.
Jofra Archer (England), Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) and Bumrah completed the list while Trent Boult of New Zealand was named the 12th man.
ICC World Cup XI:
Rohit Sharma (Ind), Jason Roy (Eng), Kane Williamson (NZ, captain), Joe Root (Eng), Shakib Al Hasan (Ban), Ben Stokes (Eng), Alex Carey (Aus, wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Jofra Archer (Eng), Lockie Ferguson (NZ), Jasprit Bumrah (Ind).
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