The ICC Cricket World Cup starts on 30 May with 10 of the leading nations playing at the 50 overs tournament.
Many of the best One Day International (ODI) batsmen are out to score the runs which can help take their respective countries through the group stage into the semi-finals.
Just four national cricket sides can reach the business end of the tournament after all 10 teams have played each other once. With that in mind, here are four candidates for top run-scorer honours at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
India captain Virat Kohli heads Paddy Power’s Cricket World Cup betting on who will score the most runs at the tournament at 13/2. This is because his ODI batting average is a shade under 60.
Kohli, 30, brings huge experience to the table and leads by example at the crease. Coming into the tournament, he’s made 90 One Day scores of 50 or more – including 41 centuries.
Always regarded as an ODI specialist, Kohli is a huge threat for India alongside Rohit Sharma, who is almost double his price at 12/1 in the top runscorer market. They alone explain why their country are tournament second-favourites at 11/4.
Free of captaincy duties in One Day games, Yorkshire and England star Joe Root can instead focus on scoring the runs that will get the hosts through to the business end of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
It remains to be seen whether the removal of Alex Hales from the England squad results in 28-year-old Root moving up the order. He usually bats third or fourth and boasts an ODI average of just over 50.
While that is some way behind Kohli, Root has to be respected in the top runscorer market at 12/1 because he’s playing on home soil. That puts him at a distinct advantage and makes him each-way value from a betting perspective.
If there’s to be a pantomime villain at the Cricket World Cup this summer, then one or both of Australia’s disgraced duo David Warner and Steve Smith are set to be cast in the role. Their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during the 2018 tour of South Africa led to the pair and Cameron Bancroft receiving bans.
Those sanctions handed down by Cricket Australia have since expired, however, and it was no surprise to see Warner and Smith named in the Baggy Greens squad for a key summer in England. The Ashes series follows the World Cup of course.
In terms of One Day Games, 32-year-old Warner boasts a better batting average than the younger Smith at around 43.5. Again that’s some way off the standard set by Kohli, but Warner has to prove himself and is 12/1 to be top runscorer ahead of Smith, who’s a 16/1 shot.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has a batting average of almost 46 runs per ODI. A Kiwi was crowned top runscorer at the last Cricket World Cup admittedly when the event was hosted Down Under.
That was Martin Guptill and, while he’s a big 25/1 price to score the most runs at the tournament again, Williamson appeals more. This is because he has more experience of English pitches after playing for both Gloucestershire and Yorkshire.
Williamson, 28, is 16/1 to be top runscorer at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He can use his knowledge as captain to help New Zealand through the slog of nine matches in the group stage and they look value at 5/4 to reach the semi-finals.