As the tournament reaches the half-way point, The Cricketer assesses which players have attempted to surge into the top spots in among the most competitive cricket rankings around - probably
1. (1) Shakib Al Hasan
Remains the tournament's leading run-scorer and it is unlikely anyone will compile a better paced hundred in the remainder of the tournament than the one which Skahib produced to deliver victory over West Indies. Two further wickets including the vital scalp of Nicholas Pooran held the Windies back.
2. (2) Rohit Sharma
The man for the big occasion rose to the challenge of Pakistan with aplomb, striking a second century to help cover for the loss of his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan to a thumb injury. Went to three figure in cautious fashion but then let loose on a struggling Pakistan bowling attack.
3. (-) Mohammad Amir
The joint-leading wicket-taker in this World Cup produced the best individual figures of the tournament by taking 5-30 against Australia. Has a habit of extracting high-profile figures, with Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli - albeit fortuitously - among his victims. Unfortunately, his heroics have largely been in vain.
Rohit showed his class again against Pakistan
4. (-) Joe Root
England's comfortable nine-wicket win over West Indies was made all the easier by the Yorkshireman's second century of the tournament. It was another knock in which Root looked at ease throughout, hitting only 11 boundaries, barely taking a risk and running effectively between the wickets.
5. (-) Aaron Finch
The Australia captain made a timely return to form with 82 against Pakistan, before getting out unnecessarily when a century beckoned. He made no mistake however against Sri Lanka, smashing a virtuoso 153 from 132 balls including five sixes as they crushed their opponents in a repeat of the final from 2007.
6. (8) Mitchell Starc
The dominance of seam continued with Starc claiming six wickets in a week for Australia, as they bounced back from defeat to India. Much like against West Indies, he was key at the death again to get rid of Wahab Riaz against Pakistan before finishing with 4-55 against Sri Lanka.
7. (-) Virat Kohli
Still without a century in this tournament but he remains as consistent as ever. The 77 he struck against Pakistan saw him act as the perfect foil to Rohit. Though he got out in unfortunate circumstances, a three-figure score is surely only just around the corner.
8. (-) Shimron Hetmyer
Was uncharacteristically coy against England before being caught and bowled by Root but the shackles came off against Bangladesh. His fifty came from just 26 balls and included the second biggest maximum of the tournament; an outstanding slop sweep over the pavilion. Got out when the Windies were sensing a massive score.
Hetmyer twice hit the ball out of the ground at Taunton
9. (-) Jofra Archer
The iron fist behind the velvet glove of international fast bowling. Archer returned to his very best against the country of his birth, and just had too much pace for Pooran, Carlos Braithwaite and Sheldon Cottrell. Few batsmen have looked comfortable against him in this competition.
10. (-) David Warner
Few would suggest he is at his fluent best, but he went to his first international century since spending a year away from the Australia team - having been heavily criticised for the manner of his innings against India - against Pakistan at Taunton to respond to his critics.
11. (-) Kuldeep Yadav
An early contender for ball of the tournament with the one which got Babar Azam at a key time against Pakistan. We haven't seen the ball offer a lot for the spinners in terms of grip and turn but this one beat the defenses of the Champions Trophy holders' trump card and sparked an unedifying collapse. Batsmen across the tournament will be hoping pitches do not dry out too much over the next couple of weeks.
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