India will fancy their chances but 2019 World Cup is open: Jonty Rhodes

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India Will Be Fancying Their Chances But the 2019 World Cup is Wide Open: Jonty Rhodes 

India Will Be Fancying Their Chances But the 2019 World Cup is Wide Open: Jonty Rhodes
Rhodes on India's World Cup winning chances. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes believes there’s a lot to fight in the wide open 2019 World Cup edition. He considers India might have star-studded line-up, but there is uncertainty regarding the picking of favourites for the ODI showpiece scheduled to commence in London from May 30.

The prominent face of the Proteas cricket has hailed Team India. He stressed that the Men in Blue looks a pretty balanced squad to him. But, at the same, time he cited it is not something which other teams might be missing in their line-up. Thus, he reached to the point by saying there stands no clear favourite for the quadrennial event.

Jonty Rhodes on India at the World Cup:

Jonty Rhodes, 2019 World Cup, India
Rhodes on India’s campaign and the World Cup format. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL

The 49-year-old ace fielder reiterated that India has fabulous 15. But there are at least six teams that might boast about the same trait.

He added the strong competing teams would be judged owing to their playing XI according to the United Kingdom (UK) conditions.

“India might have the fab 15 but there are probably six other teams that might call themselves the same. There are some very strong teams in the World Cup and it will depend on the balanced 11 that they choose on the day, depending on the conditions,” ToI quoted Rhodes as saying.

It is essential to describe that the tournament is scheduled in a round-robin format. Besides, all in all, the ten teams will partake to eye the glory.

With all 10 major teams wrestling against each other, the top four teams will make it to the semifinals of the mega event of the ICC.

Jonty Rhodes hails Bumrah:

Jonty Rhodes, India, 2019 World Cup
Rhodes has been involved in different stints. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

With India all set to kick-off their World Cup campaign in Southampton on June 5 against South Africa, Rhodes has hailed Jasprit Bumrah while maintained India has got the experience to look at.

“India have got a lot of experience too. Even a young player like (Jasprit) Bumrah is one of the more experienced death bowlers. So, from that point of view India will be fancying their chances. But there are six other sides,” Rhodes said.

In conclusion, Rhodes wants to see more associate nations featuring at the World Cup. He stated each game will hold the significance during the forthcoming World Cup.

“I want to see more associate countries play in the World Cup. But as a spectator, you are seeing the best players on the world stage and that is going to mean that every game is important,” Rhodes inferred.

Rhodes, who himself featured at the World Cup for South Africa, believes it’s the change in the format which has left the tourney wide open.

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