ICC World Cup 2019: India, Pakistan and England are the Favourites Feels Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez who has been with the Pakistan side for a long time is of the opinion that India, England and his own nation will be the top 3 contenders to win the upcoming 2019 World Cup slated to begin from 30th May. He didn’t look much into the recent run of series defeats against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in ODI’s.
Pakistan was thrashed 5-0 in the recent ODI series against Australia. However, Mohammad Hafeez is confident of the fact that Pakistan can beat India in the World Cup just like they did in the United Kingdom in 2017 to win the Champions Trophy. He also lauded India for having some exceptional players in their line-up which might prove to be their difference in the quadrennial event.
“Even from a critical point of view, I think we are among the top three favourites for the World Cup. England is always favourites given the brand of cricket they are playing while India has developed a very good ODI side and have some great spinners in their line-up,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by the GTV News network.
The all-rounder further added that the single format in the World Cup will actually benefit Pakistan as they tend to be slow starters. However, in a big tournament like the World Cup, Pakistan can turn out to be a dangerous team.
“In the group system teams usually don’t get second chances and remember in 2007 both India and Pakistan were eliminated in the first round,” he said.
Hafeez is confident of Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup. He feels that the team has a perfect blend of youth and experience and have ample resources in pace and spin department. He feels that the team has been playing together for a while and knows the strengths and weakness of each other well.
“We have been playing together as a unit for a while now and we try to support each other a lot. I have a feeling we will do very well in the World Cup,” he said.
Meanwhile, the all-rounder further credited the support of Pakistan fans in England which helped them win the T20I World Cup in 2009 and the Champions Trophy in 2017.
“Whenever we have played there the support has been immense and it also encourages the players to give their best.” He further stated that he loves touring India and in the previous tours they have received love and respect thoroughly during their stay.
“I think in cricket we need to work together and diffuse the tensions,” he said. Meanwhile, he is yet to recover fully from the surgery on his right thumb. He confirmed that he will return to training and start playing in 2 to 3 weeks.
“I am very hopeful I will be fit before the World Cup and can make the squad. I have played two World Cups and as a senior player, I want to be part of this campaign as well. In the last World Cup, I got injured in New Zealand before the World Cup and that experience was devastating,” he said.
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