Another busy year awaits for all cricket teams. Apart from some huge Test series like the Ashes and the Border-Gavaskar series, there is also the Champions Trophy, where the top 8 ODI teams will fight it out to exert their supremacy in the 50-overs format. And as the teams gear up for another blockbuster season of cricket, we at Sportzwiki list the 10 bold predictions that might come true:
- Pakistan to lose 5-0 in ODI series against Australia:
The Asian giants are currently going through a lean phase and their chances of winning a match in the 50-overs format against the World Champions look bleak.
- India to thrash Australia 4-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Series:
Given Australia’s poor record in the sub-continent in recent times, it will be tough for them to play against the world No. 1 team in their own backyard. Moreover, an inexperienced batting line-up is going to make their work even more challenging.
- England to win 2-1 in the T20 series against India:
The visitors were thoroughly outplayed in the Test series by India but it will be a different ball game in the T20 series.
- Delhi Daredevils to win IPL 10:
With a right blend of youth and experience guided by the legendary Rahul Dravid, the Delhi-based outfit might go all the way this year.
- England to win the Champions Trophy:
England have made a remarkable turnaround in the limited-overs format. The likes of Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler have completely revolutionised their ODI team and they will be the hot favourites to win the tournament in their country.
- South Africa to win Test series in England:
The Proteas are doing really well under new captain Faf du Plessis and will be tough to beat in seaming conditions.
- Virat Kohli to bag the ICC Test player of the year award:
With September to September being the time period to assess the performance for the ICC trophies, Kohli will be the firm favourite to win the award.
- Virat Kohli to lead the ICC Test team of the year:
He has led the team to the pinnacle of Test cricket and it’s likely he’ll lead the ICC’s Test XI as well.
- AB de Villiers to retire from Tests:
With injuries taking a toll on his body, the Proteas star might bid adieu to the longest format of the game this year.
- Australia to regain the Ashes Trophy with a 3-1 scoreline:
England have had the upper hand in recent time but Steven Smith’s men will be the favourite when the series starts in Australia towards the end of the year.