Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler, David Warner, India, Australia, England, World Cup 2019
Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh picked Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler and David Warner as his top three batsmen at World Cup 2019. @ICC Twitter/AFP

Former Australia skipper Mark Waugh has picked the top three batsmen he would be looking forward to in the upcoming World Cup beginning on May 30 in England and Wales.

The batsman which Waugh picked was India skipper Virat Kohli. “Definitely Virat Kohli,” Waugh told cricket.com.au. “He’s No.1.”

Kohli, regarded by many as the greatest ODI player ever, will be playing in his third World Cup and would be rearing to go and lead the team to title victory.

England‘s hard-hitting batsman Jos Buttler was Waugh’s second choice. “Jos Buttler, I’d have him at No.2 in the top three,” he said. (ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, bowling firepower give India edge in World Cup charge)

Buttler has been in amazing form in the last four years, not only in ODIs but all three formats of the game. Earlier this month, he smashed a 50-ball century against Pakistan in Southampton after taking the West Indies’ attack apart for 150 from just 77 balls in February.

The third batsman on Waugh’s list was David Warner. “Aaron Finch at his best is right up there, so is David Warner,” said Waugh. “I’ll go with David Warner.” (ALSO READ: Cricket World Cup 2019: 360-degree Jos Buttler looms as confident England’s game-changer)

Warner, who made a comeback to cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate, has been in tremendous form off late. In the IPL 2019, he scored 692 runs in 12 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Warner last played an ODI for Australia 18 months ago, Waugh is expecting fireworks from the swashbuckling opener. (ALSO READ: Return of Smith and Warner ahead of ICC World Cup 2019 is ominous for other sides: Steve Waugh)

The World Cup will begin with the opening match between hosts England and South Africa on May 30.