As the teams continue to battle for the final four spots in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, we have seen outstanding performances from their respective players.

For a long period of time, a Man of the Match has been awarded to players whose performance in a particular match was the key to his team’s victory. Starting 1975, the individual awards expanded to include a Man of the Match in the Final to award the best player performance during the Cricket World Cup Final.

In 1992, the award for the most outstanding player of the tournament was also added to recognize the best player of a particular World Cup. The first winner of the award was Martin Crowe of Australia who posted 456 runs during the 1992 World Cup. During the most recent Cricket World Cup in 2015, Australia’s Mitchell Starc was named as Player of the Tournament with his tournament-best 22 wickets while leading Australia to victory.

This year, Starc is again the tournament’s current top wicket-taker. He is also the current betting favorite to win the coveted Player of the Tournament Award. But he is not the only one who has been playing like the most valuable player of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Here are the current odds to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Player of the Tournament award. Odds were taken from Bet365 as of 6/26/19.

Player Odds
MA Starc +276
Shakib Al Hasan +550
AJ Finch +700
RG Sharma +900
DA Warner +900
JE Root +1000
KS Williamson +1000
Virat Kohli +1200
JC Archer +1200
LH Ferguson +1200
JJ Bumrah +1600
BA Stokes +2000
Mohammad Amir +2000
YS Chahal +2000

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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc entered his team’s showdown with host England having a total of 15 wickets. He scalped four against the hosts, taking Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, and Adil Rashid to increase his total to 19 wickets on the tournament, the highest by any bowler so far in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Starc was also the joint top bowler of the 2015 Cricket World Cup along with New Zealand’s Trent Both with 22. He is definitely the key player for Australia’s 2019 campaign and is well-justified as the top cricket betting favorite to be named as Player of the Tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan is keeping Bangladesh alive in the competition. The all-rounder has stamped his class in the tournament by breaking several records. Shakib put on the tournament’s best bowling performance so far at 5 for 29 during his team’s 64 run win over hapless Bangladesh. He also matched Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup record of scoring 50+ runs and taking 5 wickets in the same match. With 476 runs scored and 10 wickets taken in just six innings, Shakib is the first cricketer in the history of the World Cup to score 400+ runs and take at least 10 wickets. With his centuries against England and West Indies, he also set the record as the first player in World Cup history to score two centuries and claim two 4 (+) wickets. Shakib is also the first player in the World Cup to score 1000+ runs and claim 30+wickets.

Aaron Finch may be taking the backseat from David Warner who is currently leading the tournament with 500 runs as of June 26th, but the Australian captain is right behind his teammate. At 496 runs, Finch is next to Warner in the standings. Like Warner, he has two centuries in the tournament, including one in their big win over host England which earned Finch the man of the match honors. Against England on Tuesday, Finch and Warner also became the first pair in world cricket to put up five straight 50-plus opening stands.

Rohit Sharma has been in ominous touch in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. India’s opener already has two centuries in the tournament, including one against arch-rivals Pakistan. Sharma is only the second Indian player to ever hit a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match. India’s captain Virat Kohli was the first to achieve that feat in 2015. Sharma is currently ranked 8th with 320 runs in four innings. During their opening match against South Africa, Sharma scored 122 runs off 144 balls to up his international cricket tally to 12,000 runs for India.

David Warner is the league’s leading run scorer with a total of 500 in seven innings played so far. Warner is the first player in the 2019 Cricket World Cup to hit 500 runs and is the third Australian ever to hit 500 runs in a World Cup, joining Matthew Hayden ( 659 ) and Ricky Ponting ( 539 ) who both did it in 2007. Warner is also the 8th player in Cricket World Cup history to hit 500 runs in a World Cup. Warner and Australian captain Aaron Finch have been very prolific that they have scored 42% of their team’s runs in the tournament or a total of 996 as of Tuesday.

“Cricket" Who Wins?

We’ve seen the favorites of this bet break a record or more in this 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. That just shows how the world’s top cricket players are exceeding expectations in trying to bring glory to their respective countries. The Australian duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch have been incredible together as they have been as individuals. But while Australia has booked a seat in the semi-finals, Bangladesh’s quest to get there behind the record-breaking performance od Shakib Al-Hasan is one to watch.

Shakib is doing a herculean effort to try and will Bangladesh to the semifinals and he is breaking records here and there. His incredible numbers in the current World Cup competition has certainly earned him a place among the best all-rounders the sport of cricket has ever seen. His inspiring performances have pushed his team to fifth place and a possible semifinals appearance. Prediction: Shakib Al-Hasan

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