Kohli Top Tournament Batsman and India to Win Cricket World Cup

By Matt Harris on June 3, 2019

Anyone looking to take a combination bet of Kohli as World Cup top batsman and India to win the Cricket World Cup can currently claim odds of 20/1 with Betway. In the standard betting, Virat Kohli is the favourite to top score in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Meanwhile, India are a close second to England in the tournament winner market. This therefore looks to be a tempting Satta.

Will it land at the end of the competition? Or can either Kohli or India be displaced on their race to glory?

Historical Statistics

World Cup history is on our side to an extent. In 11 previous editions of the World Cup, Indian batsmen have top scored on three separate occasions. The first instance came in 1996, when the great Sachin Tendulkar led the way with 523 runs.

Three years later, the tournament switched to England and Rahul Dravid was the tournament’s top scorer with 461. Indian batsmen completed a hat trick four years later and it was back to Tendular once again. The World Cup moved to Africa and the Little Master was unstoppable as he compiled 673 runs for his side.

The only issue here is that we’ve yet to see India complete a double of top batsman and tournament winner. The team first won the World Cup in 1983 when England’s David Gower top scored with 384 runs. India’s most recent success came in 2011. But as they claimed their second title, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan led the batting charts with 500 runs.

This would, therefore, be a first even though it may seem a likely bet.

World Cup Top Batsman Contenders

What we have seen over 44 years of the World Cup is that the winner of the top batsman award will generally go deep into the tournament. He will often appear in the final, as we saw back in 2015 when Martin Guptill finished at the top of the charts.

In the current tournament, a number of England players are getting support in the markets. As the hosts are favourites to win the World Cup, these names have to be considered. Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and the skipper Eoin Morgan are all in good touch and considered as strong bets in the open markets.

Then we have Australia’s David Warner. The left hander top scored at the 2019 IPL with 600 runs and was almost 100 runs clear of his nearest challenger, despite having to leave the tournament early. Fellow Aussie Steve Smith will also feel he has a claim. If we then cross the Tasman, we will find a number of contenders from New Zealand including Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and 2015’s winner Martin Guptill.

Chris Gayle of the West Indies, Quinton De Kock of South Africa and Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan are all attracting interest. In the meantime, Kohli will also have competition from his own teammates. Rohit Sharma scores big in this format, while Shikhar Dhawan was the top scorer in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

King Kohli?

As we’ve just seen, there are a number of contenders for World Cup top batsman. Consequently, Virat Kohli won’t have an easy passage to the 2019 top batsman award. However, we have to remember that he is the number one ODI batter right now and will always score heavily in this format.

For the double to land, we also need India to win the World Cup. It looks to be between them, England and Australia so, while it will be a battle, they have more than a chance. The combination bet, at odds of 20/1, therefore certainly looks like a tempting prospect.