Team India, the supreme as we look at the ranking and rating of the best batting lineup of all 10 teams for the ICC ODI World Cup (CWC) 2023.
Round 1 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been concluded, and we have already witnessed some scintillating games of cricket from the participating 10 teams. Numerous records are already being broken, but the standout of all has been the World Record by South Africa of achieving the highest ODI score in World Cup history.
Team India too have begun their 2023 World Cup campaign with a thumping win over Australia. After restricting Australia to a meager 199, India’s chase was a replica of the 2019 World Cup where they were restricted to 5/3. Thankfully, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s champion knocks helped India overcome the Australian bowling attack.
With every team having played at least one match, we now know the first-choice batting lineup of all 10 teams. With that information, it makes for an interesting analysis to find out which team has the best batting lineup on paper for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2023. But how do we compare the teams basis their best first-choice batting lineup?
Well, to arrive at the ranking, we will look at the top 7 best batters from each team. To remove any biases and perceptions, we will look at the performance of all these players in ODI cricket over the last 5 years. All players are relatively rated on a scale of 10, and a cumulative team rating is formed to arrive at the final rankings.
Ranking All 10 Teams Best Batting Lineup for ICC CWC 2023:
#10: Netherlands – 6.39
At number 10, we have the Netherlands team with a rating of 6.39 for their batting lineup. Well, the Netherlands may not have the most explosive batting lineup, but there are a few players, who are quite good. Overall, the Netherlands’ batting shall depend a lot on Vikram Singh, Captain Scott Edwards, and Bas de Leede, who have a rating of 8, 8.75, and 8 respectively.
Best Batting Lineup for Netherlands for ICC CWC 2023:
Vikram Singh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru & Saqib Zulfiqar
#9: Afghanistan – 7.82
Number 9 won’t surprise you either as we have the Afghanistan team with a rating of 7.82 for their best batting lineup. Similar to the Netherlands, Afghanistan don’t have the most explosive batting lineup, but do have a few good batters to differentiate themselves. From their top 7, Ibrahim Zadran with 9.5, Gurbaz with 9, and Rahmat Shah with a rating of 8.75 are their standout batters.
Best Batting Lineup for Afghanistan for ICC CWC 2023:
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran & Azmatullah Omarzai
#8: Sri Lanka – 7.96
Coming to number 8, we have Sri Lanka with the best batting lineup rating of 7.96. Sri Lanka does have a good batting lineup in their top 7, but none of them are superstars. Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, and Kusal Mendis are the team’s best batters with a rating of 9, 8.75, and 8.5 respectively. Whereas Nissanka, Shanaka, and Samarawickrama aren’t too bad either.
Best Batting Lineup for Sri Lanka for ICC CWC 2023:
Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka & Dhananjaya de Silva
#7: Bangladesh – 8.07
At number 7, we have the Bangladesh team with a rating of 8.07 for their best batting lineup. Bangladesh, similar to Afghanistan are more of a bowling team with decent batters present with them. Litton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim are the team’s best batters with a rating of 8.75, 8.5, 8.5, and 8.5 respectively.
Best Batting Lineup for Bangladesh for ICC CWC 2023:
Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Shanto, Mehidy Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim & Towhid Hridoy
#6: New Zealand – 8.43
Well, number 6 might surprise a few as the position is being taken by New Zealand, who have the best batting lineup rating of 8.43. Well, New Zealand have a good set of 6 batters but it is their inexperienced number 7 in the form of Rachin or Chapman that reduces their overall rating.
However, on paper Rachin may not be a big name, but has the potential to deliver as he did in the first match. Overall, Devon Conway with 9, Will Young with 9, Daryl Mitchell with 9, Kane Williamson with 8.75, and Tom Latham with a rating of 8.75 remain the team’s best batters.
Best Batting Lineup for New Zealand for ICC CWC 2023:
Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips & Rachin Ravindra
#5: Pakistan – 8.54
At number 5, we have Pakistan with the best batting lineup rating of 8.54. Pakistan does have a solid lineup, but unfortunately, their best batters, i.e. their top-order is not in the form currently. Imam, Fakhar, and Babar are all a part of the top 10 batters, but are struggling for form currently. Overall, Babar with 10, Imam and Fakhar with 9.25, and Iftikhar and Rizwan with a rating of 8.25 are the team’s best batters on paper.
Best Batting Lineup for Pakistan for ICC CWC 2023:
Imam Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel & Mohammad Nawaz
#4: England – 8.89
Number 4 sees the explosive England with a batting lineup rating of 8.89. England have a right mix of skills in their betting lineup that can adapt for a 250 or a 400 runs wicket. Overall, Malan with 10, Joe Root with 8, and Stokes with 9.75 can play the role of consolidator. Whereas Bairstow with 9.5, Buttler with 9.5, and Livingstone with a rating of 8 can play the role of the aggressor.
Best Batting Lineup for England for ICC CWC 2023:
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone & Moeen Ali
#3: South Africa – 9.00
At number 3, we have the batting lineup that made the first 400 of the season, South Africa with a batting lineup rating of 9. Except for a decent number 7, South Africa probably have one of the best top 6 for CWC 2023. Except for Bavuma with a rating of 9.25, all the other 6 batters can hit well. So, be it Quinton de Kock with 9.75, Rassie with 9.25, Markram with 9.25, Miller with 9.75, or Klaasen with a rating of 10, all can hit belligerently.
Best Batting Lineup for South Africa for ICC CWC 2023:
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen & Marco Jansen
#2: Australia – 9.04
At number 2, we have the Australian team with the best batting lineup rating of 9.04. Please don’t get opined by Australia’s performance at the Chennai pitch. The team has a solid batting lineup that can adapt to any kind of wicket. It’s unfortunate it didn’t come out well against the strong bowling lineup of India. However, trust them to come out well in the upcoming matches.
Overall, Travis Head, who is currently down with injury is their best batter with a benchmark rating of 10. He is followed by Steve Smith and David Warner with a rating of 9.75. Following them are Glenn Maxwell with 9.25, Mitchell Marsh with 8.25, Alex Carey with 8.25, and Cameron Green with 7.5.
Best Batting Lineup for Australia for ICC CWC 2023:
David Warner, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey & Cameron Green
#1: India – 9.32
Numero uno sees the Indian team with the best batting lineup rating of 9.32. There is no iota of a doubt that India have the best top 7 in the World currently. Right from the solid benchmark openers, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma to a solid middle-order in the form of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer.
While having a solid top 7 with the minimum rating being that of KL Rahul at 9.5, we have two more solid batters Hardik Pandya with 9 and Ravindra Jadeja with a rating of 7 following them. Similar to England, this is a solid batting lineup that can adapt to a 250 or 400 type of wicket.
Best Batting Lineup for India for ICC CWC 2023:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja
So, that’s about the ranking of the best batting lineup for all 10 teams for the CWC 2023.
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