12th ICC World Cup is coming in 2019. SportsDoo releases its cricket world cup dream team based on the previous performances and the records. The analysis for selecting each player has been given in the article along with their position in the team.

Ricky Ponting has been named Captain for the team due to his successful captaincy. There are 3 full time fast bowlers, 1 spinner in the team. And to assist them, there are 2 part time spinners and 1 part time fast bowler.

SportsDoo team (World Cup) – Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting [C], Kumar Sangakkara [WK] [VC], Yuvraj Singh, Kevin O’Brien, Brendon McCullum, Lance Klusenar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Glenn McGrath

Sanath Jayasuriya (Opening Left hand batsman)

The left handed batsman from the island nation has the most destructive attack against the strong opponents. The Sri Lankan is also an useful part time spin bowler. The all rounder is the only player in the world cup history to score more than 1000 runs and take more than 25 wickets. The carnage batsman was the real maestro in the 1996 world cup triumph of Sri Lanka. The part time spinner had contributed much along with Muralitharan and also has good economy rate of 4.84

Country – Sri Lanka

Tournaments played – 5 (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007)

Player of the Match Awards – 5

Special Mention – Jayasuriya was named Player of the tournament in the 1996 World cup. The only player in the history to score more than 1000 runs and take more than 25 wickets.

Sachin Tendulkar (Opening right hand batsman)

India’s most prolific batsman and considered as God of Cricket, this legendary right hand batsman had a good run in the world cup tournaments. He was one among those who played 6 world cups consecutively. The maestro had a good run in 2003 tournament and was a pioneer in 2011 winning team. The master blaster was named player of the tournament in 2003 World cup tournament.

Country – India

Tournaments played – 6 (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)

Player of the Match Awards – 9

Special Mention – Highest number of runs (2,278), Most centuries (6), Most fifties (16), Most Man of the match awards (9), Most runs in a single tournament (673), Player of the tournament in 2003 WC.

Ricky Ponting (Right hand batsman – No. 3) [CAPTAIN]

The most successful captain in the world cup history is Ponting. The Australian captain had lifted the world cup 2 times consecutively and has more win percentage. He was instrumental in winning 2003 world cup by scoring 140 runs against India. Mostly, he plays at number 3 and can play measured innings.

Country – Australia

Tournaments played – 5 (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)

Player of the Match Awards – 3

Special Mention – Most number of matches (46), Most matches as captain (29), Most win percentage (92.85%), Most catches overall (non wicket keeper) (28), Most catches in a single tournament (11)

Kumar Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper, left handed batsman – No. 4) [VICE CAPTAIN]

The left handed batsman adds key strength to the middle order in the batting line up. The Wicket Keeper had made more dismissals in the World cup history. He also captained Sri Lanka team in 2011 World cup and ended as runners.

Country – Sri Lanka

Tournaments played – 4 (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

Player of the Match Awards – 4

Special mention – Most centuries in a single tournament (4), Most Consecutive centuries (4), Most dismissals as a Keeper (54)

Yuvraj Singh (Left hand batsman – No. 5)

The left handed batsman was destructive batsman and also plays as a part time bowler. He was the savior for India more number of times. In 2011, Yuvi was in prime form and adjudged player of the tournament. He was the only player in the history to take 15 wickets and score 350 runs in a single tournament.

Country – India

Tournaments played – 3 (2003, 2007, 2011)

Player of the Match Awards – 4

Special Mention – The only player in the history to score 50 runs and take 5 wickets in a single match, Most Man of the Match in a single tournament (4), Player of the tournament in 2011 WC.

Kevin O’Brien (All rounder – No. 6)

The right handed batsman was instrumental in some shocking matches. Against England he scored his century and made a record for himself. Unfortunately for this 2019 World Cup, Ireland didn’t qualify.

Country – Ireland

Tournaments played – 3 (2007, 2011, 2015)

Player of the Match Awards – 1

Special Mention – Holds the record for the fastest century (50 balls)ever in world cup history against England in 2011 World cup. He scored this feat at number 6 position. He was instrumental in winning against Pakistan and England.

Brendon McCullum (Wicket Keeper(back up) – No. 7)

The Kiwi batsman had been in various positions in the team. He was introduced as number 7 batsman in the team and went on to become as an opener in the world cup history. The wicket keeper batsman has scored quick fifty both as an opener and at number 7 position. He captained New Zealand team and guided the team to the finals for the first time in the history.

Country – New Zealand

Tournaments played –4 (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

Player of the Match Awards – 1

Special Mention – Fastest 50 ever in World cup history. Scored fifty in 18 balls against England in 2015 World cup.

Lance Klusenar (All Rounder – No.8)

Klusenar was a former South African cricketer, an usual all rounder and number 8 prolific batsman. He had scored usual contribution at number 8 position. The left handed batsman had saved his team many times by his lower order hitting ability. Also the right arm medium bowler took 6 five wicket hauls in the tournament. The all rounder’s crucial cameo 31 runs from 16 balls in 1999 world cup against Australia in Semi finals saw the team to get tied while chasing. Klusenar would be perfectly fit for number 8 position in our team.

Country – South Africa

Tournaments played – 2 (1999, 2003)

Player of the Match Awards – 5

 Special Mention – Highest average (124) in World cup tournaments, highest strike rate (121.17) after playing 10 matches, Most Man of the Match in a single tournament (4), Player of the tournament in 1999 WC.

Muttiah Muralitharan (Spinner – No.9)

The wizard from Sri Lanka has the most wickets as a spinner in the world cup tournaments. The doosra spinner was present in the 1996 world cup winning team, and came to the finals two times (2007 and 2011)

Country – Sri Lanka

Tournaments played – 5 (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011)

Player of the Match Awards – 1

Special Mention – Spinner to take most wickets in a World cup history (68), Second in the list to take more wickets in a single tournament (23).

Lasith Malinga (Right arm Fast medium – No. 10)

The lanky fast bowler known to his slinga action was remarkable in world cups. The right arm fast bowler is the only player to take 2 hat tricks in the tournament. He is one among those who are still present in the team after 2007 world cup.

Country – Sri Lanka

Tournaments played – 3* (2007,2011, 2015, 2019*)

Player of the Match Awards – 1

Special MentionThe only player to take 2 hat tricks in the World cup history. Only player to take 4 wickets in consecutive balls (Double hat trick)

Glenn McGrath (Right arm Fast medium – No. 11)

The bowler with the nick name as pigeon was one among those legends in the bowling legacy. He was introduced as express fast bowler in 1996 tournament but couldn’t get success, later on he reduced his speed in 1999 wc and took 5 wickets against the mighty West Indies team. He was part of the 3 world cups winning team (1999, 2003 and 2007). McGrath was named player of the tournament in 2007.

Country – Australia

Tournaments played – 4 (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007)

Player of the Match Awards – 6

Special Mention – Highest wicket taker in World cup history (71), Most wickets in a single tournament (26), Most wickets in a single match (7), Most world cup titles (3), Player of the tournament in 2007 WC.