ICC World Cup 2019: The Organised England Will Try Like Never Before, Says Brian Lara
Brian Lara — The wizardry bestowed upon the cricket fans by the Trinidadian Windies legend is something none can ever forget. His voracious appetite made him the most dreaded cricketer of his era. Brian Lara retired from ODI format of cricket in the 2007 World Cup.
Now, with the approaching big event, the veteran Caribbean misses playing for the team. Lara expressed disappointment when asked about being unsuccessful in winning a single title — but accepting that the team struggled during his time.
Lara said, “It hurts when a World Cup approaches. Now that I have crossed 50, I cannot win now. But we have to accept it that in our time, West Indies was not the strongest team. We tried, we gave our best shot. We won the Champions Trophy even, but could not win the World Cup.”
Later he added that the team was best at the time of Clive Llyod, where they ended up winning two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 respectively. During the 1983 World Cup, they ended up being the finalist, but couldn’t name the trophy to themselves. It was West Indies’ peak time in the cricket world.
England Will Play Tooth and Nails to Win in the ICC World Cup 2019
According to Lara, England will give their best to win their first title World Cup. Answering a query, he said that the English cricketers have been performing good in the limited-overs cricket. England has been successfully winning most of the ODI matches played recently. The players are all in good form and seem threateningly ready to challenge the opponents.
“I don’t know whether they are favourites or not but they are definitely one of the contenders,” said Lara.
He added, “We have to remember that although the tournament started in 1975, they have never won a World Cup title. They will try this time like never before and to be honest, they have got a very good side.”
Meanwhile, Lara suggests for the West Indies to take time out to gel out with each other before playing in the big event. They haven’t played together as a team for a long time, and it will be good if they would take time out to spend with each other in England.
He also suggested that to make it to the finals, and ultimately, Windies should focus on reaching the semi-finals.
He said, “Our cricketers are in top form. They have to keep their cool and should try to concentrate on consistency. They should target to reach the semi-finals first. Then they take fresh guard.”
Consistency Is The Key To The World Cup Title, said Lara
Lara reasoned that one could not aim to win the title with just good batting or bowling format. The team will have to win match after match to leave the needed impact and to make their chances of reaching finals best.
“One team has to win match after match and in the bargain, gain the confidence as the tournament progresses. Only batting or only bowling cannot win you a match. It has to be a balanced team. It is almost a 50-day tournament, so consistency will play a major role. No team can afford to lose tempo. That’s why I mentioned consistency.”
Meanwhile, Lara expressed India as one of the most consistent teams. He exclaimed that no one would be surprised if India wins the World Cup. India has been in their best form for quite some time and, according to Lara, has a very balanced team.
West Indies will be facing off Pakistan in the second match of the tournament on 31st May at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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