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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The Favorites

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to start from tomorrow (June 1) with 10 teams vying for the trophy. The World Cup gets under way on Thursday, when hosts England take on South Africa at The Oval. With four teams going into the semi-finals among the 10, here’s our prediction of the teams making it to the semifinals and ultimately the winner team.

England:

England are the number one ranked team in the ODIs and the ultimate favorites for the cup. After a shocking omission from the group stage four years ago ( 2015 World Cup), they have since then come back as a stronger team known for explosive batting. They have 70.7% ODI win percentage since the 2015 World Cup, which is the highest among all the teams. With the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joy Root, Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler making up their explosive batting order and gaining the advantage of home soil, they are expected to win the World Cup for the first time. Though their batting has been outstanding, their bowling has been quite expensive. Their performance in the bowling department may thus play role in their cup dreams even if they pose high totals.

India:

With the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah, India have traveled to England with high expectations of repeating the 2011 feat. They have a good batting side, though the middle order still looms as a problem to them. They have a good bowling department with two top-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep, and the fast bowling unit of Bumrah, Bhuveneshwar and Shami. Their performance outside their home soil in recent years has been impressive. Kohli, one of the best batsman today, is expected to lead his side to another World Cup trophy. And, you can never keep the cameo of Hardik Pandya out when talking about the Indian side. With a balanced and an experienced side, they are the favorites to win the cup.

Australia:

Never write off Australia when talking about the Cricket World Cup. The five times winner don’t enter the Cup as the favorites with regard to their struggle in the past 12 months, but recently they have hit the form on time. With series victory over the favorites India and wildcards Pakistan, they are expected to bag another trophy to their name. With the two best batsmen in the world, Smith and Warner, returning to the side, they have come back stronger. Their bowling department, led by Starc and Cummins, is one of the best, if not the best in the world. And the likes of Maxwell, Marsh, Finch and Khawaja have helped make the batting side balanced in the absence of Smith and Warner. The problem with them is having only a fast-bowling all-rounder in Stoinis, whose batting has seemed as a puzzle recently. Though pace bowling is their weapon, they can go with their spin twins Zampa and Lyon in their best XI. With the strongest players in their side, their cup defense lies on finding their balanced XI.

New-Zealand:

The 2015 runner ups are also the favorites for the 2019 World Cup. They have a great bowling combination in Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Matt Henry, and experienced batting department of Guptill, Williamson and Ross Taylor. James Neesham and Colin De Grandhomme are their fast-bowling all-rounders, who have shown brilliant performance. Williamson, their captain and one of the best batsman, is highly expected to hit the runs in this cup. They also have Ish Sodhi and Santner as spinners, who are capable of taking wickets at the right time. With these pool of players, they are expected to make it to the finals and win the cup for the first time.

South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan might also make to the semis throwing out the teams from the above, but most likely, with the recent performances, we have chosen the above four favorites. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, though not most likely, might make into the semis . These six teams miss out on our predictions of the favorites.

Our Prediction:

With our prediction of the above four teams making into the semi-finals, it now comes down to who will win the cup.
Group stage rankings:

  1. England
  2. India
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand

If the teams rank this way in their group stage, England will meet New Zealand and Australia will meet India in the semi-finals. Tough to predict, who will win? If this happens, England are expected to win against New Zealand and Australia might give edge to India to reach into the finals. Now, as everyone has expected, the cup winner comes down to Australia and England. Undoubtedly, England have the best batting side, but the balance in Australian bowling and batting side might play a role in the Aussies defending their cup. So, our winner of the Cup is: The defending Champions Australia.

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