The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has no hesitation to call India as the favourite team for the upcoming World Cup. He feels that India can play competitively in any part of the world or on any surface.
England and Wales are going to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July. A total of 10 teams will participate in this competition, and Sachin Tendulkar believes that the two-time World Cup-champion India will begin this time as the favourite.
On Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar told PTI in an interview, “I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface. As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites.”
England will be toughest contenders; New Zealand will be the dark horse
The legendary Indian cricketer feels the hosts England would be the toughest contender in the upcoming World Cup. He also believes that New Zealand would start the tournament as the dark horse. New Zealand had the best World Cup result was in last time (2015) where they reached final, but lost against Australia in the final.
Sachin Tendulkar sp0ke about the World Cup, “It’s all about getting the early momentum. My judgement on the toughest contenders would be England, while New Zealand would be the dark horse.”
New Zealand recently struggled in the recent five-match home ODI series against India as they lost the series by 4-1. In most of the games, the visiting side India dominated over the hosts. Knowing this fact, Sachin Tendulkar claims that the Kiwis are a much better side.
The legendary cricketer said, “I know New Zealand have struggled in this series but it’s a good unit, one needs to be on their toes.”
Australia at full strength will be a formidable side
The five-time World Cup-winner Australian national cricket team is mostly struggling in international cricket due to lack of experiences. However, the Little Master believes that Australia will be a formidable side once their important experienced players return to the national team.
Australia, who will start the upcoming World Cup tournament as the defending champions, are expected to start the forthcoming World Cup with their best ODI squad. The suspended duo Steven Smith and David Warner will be available at that time as their suspension will complete in this March. Meanwhile, the strong pace-bowling trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are improving their fitness to play the World Cup.
The Highest run-scorer in the Cricket World Cup history said, “I think Australia at full strength will be a formidable side. With Smith and David Warner back in the team and their other bowlers coming back into the ODI squad, it will be a competitive side.”
Sachin Tendulkar believes that every moment is very crucial in ODI format. Even, a couple of bad hours can be enough to cut the winning chances of around 50%.
“But in one-day matches it’s such that when you have a couple of bad hours, 50 per cent of the match gets slipped away.”
The tournament is just less than four months away to begin. With time progresses, every team is now busy to check the squad for the final time. England and India are currently the top two ranked ODI sides, and they are undoubtedly favourite for the World Cup. However, some other top teams are also ready to change the entire equation.