The 2019 Cricket World Cup is on the way and Indian team captain Virat Kohli will attempt to lead India to a triumph this summer when the tournament comes to England.
England, the No. 1 ranked team in the world, having won 41 of their last 54 one-day internationals since the last World Cup in 2015 are going to be hosts for the tournament.
With only a few months left for the cricket extravaganza to begin, a bold prediction has been made by India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
India ‘Favourites’ for World Cup
According to him, India are the firm ‘favourites’ to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar, who has been a former India captain, said that a well-balanced Indian team will be into the World Cup as the favourites. Moreover, he also added that hosts England could be their toughest contenders.
India have been in a rich vein of form in one-day international cricket in the past 12 months. They have won ODI series against South Africa, the Windies, Australia, and recently New Zealand. These victories have thus put them in the hot seat to clinch the World Cup.
“As far as our chances are concerned, I won’t hesitate in saying that we are the favourites,” Sachin Tendulkar said, “I’ve gone on record saying that we’ve a perfect balance in the team where we’ll be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface.”
Tendulkar further added that England will be India’s biggest rivals in the World Cup, while New Zealand remained the ‘dark horse’ despite their recent 4-1 thrashing at home to India.
“I know New Zealand have struggled in this series but it is a good unit. One needs to be on their toes (when playing them),” he expressed, ‘It’s all about getting the early momentum. My judgement on the toughest contenders would be England. New Zealand would be the dark horse.”
Full Strength Australia a Tough Match
Tendulkar also said Australia, who won the last World Cup 4 years ago, would be a great competition if Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith return following their bans for ball-tampering.
“I think Australia at full strength will be a formidable side,’ he added.
“With Smith & David Warner back in the team & their other bowlers coming back into the ODI squad, it will be a competitive side.”
The 2019 Cricket World Cup commences at the end of May with hosts England taking on South Africa at The Oval.