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Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma and Jofra Archer all in our Cricket World Cup 2019 team of the tournament

Chitrabhanu Kadalayil finds no place for Virat Kohli, David Warner or Eoin Morgan in his composite team

One of the hardest things to do at the end of a big tournament is to pick the best players. It is even harder to do so when the tournament in focus is the Cricket World Cup.

There are so many players across the 10 World Cup teams who have a genuine shot at making the dream composite XI, that it seems unfair to overlook one for the other. And yet, it has to be done as only 11 players can get picked.

There are some obvious names missing from the line-up, such as Australia opener David Warner, who scored 647 runs, and India captain Virat Kohli, who hit five consecutive half-centuries.

One of the parameters we have used to select the players is the weight of the contributions they made to their respective teams.

For instance, England opener Jason Roy pips Warner because of his far superior strike-rate, which put opposition bowling attacks on the backfoot. Roy is an even bigger asset than Warner is at the top of the order because the other opener in this imaginary line-up is India's Rohit Sharma, whose focus throughout the tournament was to build a foundation at the start of the innings - even if it meant scoring his runs at a slower rate.

Another glaring omission from the line-up is that of fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who was easily India's best bowler at the World Cup. But he is displaced by two other successful new-ball bowlers - Australia's Mitchell Starc and England's Jofra Archer - with the latter's pace the ideal weapon to have. Bumrah will certainly make it as the 12th man.

Kane Williamson leads the side, but not because his captaincy has been exceptional. Rather, he gets into the side as a player - on the weight of the runs he scores in high-pressure situations. Williamson gets the additional responsibility of leadership as he is undoubtedly the first among equals.

The 11 players have been picked from seven teams, including England (3), Australia (2), New Zealand (2), Bangladesh (1), India (1), South Africa (1) and the West Indies (1).

To see who else makes Chitrabhanu Kadalayil's World Cup XI, simply swipe left/right on the gallery above.

Updated: July 15, 2019 08:02 PM

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