Former South African opener, Herschelle Gibbs stated that India and England (hosts) are the two strong contenders to win the upcoming ICC World Cup starting May 30.
The 44-year-old Gibbs on Monday said that “It is always wide open. The two standout contenders will be England and India. But, who is going to make the other two places for the semi-finals? It is difficult to say. A lot depends on the weather in England. The bowling attacks will all play a part (in the tournament).”
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“India and England two certain for Top 4, difficult to predict other two… SA have always been up there irrespective of AB De Villiers the only issue we’ve got that we lack quality Allrounders”
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When Gibbs was asked about South Africa’s chances, he said that it is not about AB de Villiers’ absence that will be key but more so about the lack of quality all-rounder.
According to Gibbs, South Africa has always been up there irrespective of ABD and have got Faf (Du Plessis) and Quinton de Kock. He said that the only issue for South Africa is the absence of an all-rounder.
A few days back, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar confessed his concerns about Test cricket’s future but Gibbs begged to differ.
The former South African cricketer believes that Test cricket is (still going) strong. He says that he doesn’t understand the fact why people say that they need to revive it. He further disclosed his love for Test cricket by saying that he is a fan of Test cricket finishing in four days.
However, the veteran of 90 Tests and 248 ODIs, wants batsmen to be challenged more in the longest format.
“The batsmen around the world get it easy in ODI and T20. If they need to fight on sporting tracks in Test cricket, so be it. Sometimes the game finishes in two days when the pitch is offering turn. I don’t mind that,” the dashing right-hander said.
“It should not have to go for all five days. It is important that a batsman’s technique gets tested all the time. The bowlers, they also have something in it, to get their confidence going. They don’t get it from T20s or ODIs because flat decks are on offer,” said the 44-year-old.
India at World Cup 2019
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The official #CWC19 warm-up fixtures have been revealed!
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India will be entering the World Cup as a strong contender under the leadership of Virat Kohli, alongside heavyweight England. The current second-ranked in the world, India have been in the fine form with recent victories against New Zealand and Australia.
According to the latest released ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up fixtures, India will open their World Cup campaign with a couple of warm-up matches before their first group-stage match against South Africa.
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