ICC World Cup 2019: Michael Holding Picks Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah to Make the Difference for India in the Showpiece Event
Former Windies legend and a member of the 1979 World Cup winning Windies squad, Michael Holding feels India and England will be the two contenders for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May.
While hosts England have been the most dominant ODI side in the recent past with winning everything coming their way, India has also played some terrific cricket and barring a series loss against Australia, they have also won every series which has come their way.
During an exclusive interview with the Times of India, Michael Holding was asked which team he will pick as a favourite in the upcoming showpiece event. In reply, Holding said, “No one team. I will jointly mention England and India.
“England will be playing at home. They have really displayed well in one day cricket recently. They really have a balanced side. India has been outstanding. They are consistent. They have got some good players. The champion team must know how to play under pressure. I will not be surprised if either England or India wins the cup this time,” Michael Holding further added.
Meanwhile, he also picked Jasprit Bumrah and Team India skipper Virat Kohli as the two players who can seriously make a difference for India in the upcoming World Cup. “I will mention two names Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Both these cricketers have excellent qualities to win the Cup for India.”
There is certainly no doubt about the fact that both Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are two of the greatest cricketers of the modern generation. Virat Kohli is currently the No 1 ODI batsman while Bumrah is also the No 1 ODI bowlers. Kohli had a relatively indifferent run both as a batsman and a skipper in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). However, it shouldn’t affect his performance in the World Cup.
On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah has been a sensation in every format he has played and for every team, he has turned up for. He was instrumental in helping Mumbai Indians clinch their 4th IPL title after producing a gem of a spell in the final against Chennai Super Kings. He will be the X factor for the Men in Blue in the quadrennial event.
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