Joe Root - England

The chant ‘Rooooooooot’ is one that is heard at every major Test ground in England as the finest batsmen of his generation leads England in all formats of the game.

The Yorkshire right-hander is a free-scoring stroke maker of the highest class. Equally at home in the Test arena or plundering runs at one-day level, the England Test captain will lead the charge for Cricket World Cup glory.

Chris Gayle - West Indies

‘The Universe Boss’ has redefined the art of batsmanship in all formats of the game.

The first player to score 100s in all three formats, Gayle become the first man ever to score a double century at a Cricket World Cup when he smashed 138-ball double hundred against Zimbabwe in 2015.

Famed for his ability to destroy a bowling attack with his raw power and blistering strokeplay, Gayle is a crowd puller and is sure to pack stadiums during the tournament.

Mitchell Starc - Australia

He was the leading wicket-taker at Cricket World Cup 2015 with 22 and is sure to be a threat again with his vicious left-armers.

Tall, aggressive and with the ability to swing the ball late, Starc will be a real handful in early English season conditions with a white ball. He became the fastest bowler to 100 ODI wickets in 2016 in only 53 matches.

He is also a very clean striker of the ball and in 2016 hit seven sixes against Pakistan at the MCG. A real all-round package.

Virat Kohli - India

The batting prince of India, the greatest player in the world, an icon in his home country – Virat Kohli is already a legend.

India’s captain scores hundreds for fun and has received the highest one-day batting average in 27-year ranking system. He has also revolutionised the Indian team. They are fitter, stronger and more calculated.

One thing is for sure though, the bars are sure to empty whenever Kohli gets to the crease at Cricket World Cup 2019.