India and New Zealand will face off in the 1st semi-final World Cup 2019 on Tuesday in Manchester. While hosts England will clash against arch-rivals Australia in the 2nd semi-final in Birmingham on July 11. On one hand, India’s campaign has been highlighted by opener Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking spree of 5 hundreds in the World Cup till date, the right-hander faces stiff competition in run-making from Australian opener David Warner.
Rohit has already scored 647 runs in the ongoing World Cup while Warner is not far behind with 638 runs to his name. The semi-finals could see the duo trying to surpass not just each other but also the record for most runs in a single world cup edition.
Currently, Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 673 runs scored during the 2003 World Cup, followed by former Australian opener Matthew Hayden’s tally of 659 runs from the 2007 edition. Barring a poor outing, both Rohit and Warner look set to cross Sachin and Hayden’s tally this week with the prospect of playing one more match – the July 14 Final.
While Rohit tops the run-charts till now, Warner has already registered the highest individual score in World Cup 2019 when he made 166 against Bangladesh on June 21.
The World Cup 2019 has proven to be a great hunting ground for batsmen as we have seen an unprecedented 5 players to have scored 500 or more runs already. Apart from Rohit and Warner, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (606), Australia captain Aaron Finch (507) and England’s Joe Root (500) have also scored 500 runs in the tournament.
With 4 out of the top-5 run-getters set to feature in the business end of the tournament, viewers can rest assured of some fierce rivalry between the protagonists while several records look set to be tumbled over the next few days.