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ICC World Cup 2019: Virender Sehwag Tweets Wishes To Bangladesh After SA Win

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag took Twitter to congratulate Bangladesh national team after their thumping victory against South Africa.

His tweet read: “Congratulations @BCBtigers . Khoob badhiya khele. Well deserved victory #SAvBAN”

Bangladesh played fearless brand of cricket from first over. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started on a positive note after being put to bat. But once the openers were dismissed, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim took charge.

Since they are experienced, both of them negotiated South Africa bowlers well. On the other hand, they also made sure run rate was not dipping. Their positive cricket saw Bangladesh have 142- run partnership for third wicket.

This is a record for any wicket in a world cup game for Bangladesh. Once they were dismissed, Mahmudullah’s played a quick knock. He scored 46 runs from just 33 balls. This propelled Bangladesh’s score to 330/8 in their 50 overs.

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Chasing 331, South Africa started off cautiously. However, as they are settling in, Quinton de Kock was run out. Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis carried the innings forward. But both players were dismissed after getting starts.

David Miller, JP Duminy and van der Russen, all got starts. But no one managed to score a big hundred on the day. Eventually, South Africa fell short of the target by 21 runs. This is a historic win for Bangladesh and they will continue to build on this win.

Virender Sehwag Entertaining With Commentary

Sehwag has turned into a commentator for this World Cup. He is actively been participating in cricket shows during the matches. He is also observing every game closely to provide analysis.

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The Indian legend is known for his commentary especially in Hindi. He managed to earn fans even through his commentary. Sehwag became a thorough entertainer for the viewers tuning in.

On the other hand, Bangladesh will play against New Zealand on Wednesday. The team are determined to prove their rise in international cricket through this tournament. Bangladesh had previously reached semifinals during ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as well.

Meanwhile, India will open their tournament with South Africa clash on June 5. The Men in Blue are one of the World Cup favorites.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts To Bangaldesh’s Emphatic Win Over South Africa

Bangladesh have registered their first World Cup win in 2019 against South Africa. The tigers dominated the game from the beginning. They were the rightful winners on the day.

Having won the toss, Faf du Plessis once again chose to field first. The Bangladesh openers began their innings on a fast note. Once Tamim and Soumya was dismissed, Shakib Al Hasan along with Mushfiqur Rahim came to rescue.

The duo stitched together a record 142 run partnership for the third wicket. This is the highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket in World Cup. On the other hand, South Africa bowlers really struggled to keep check of Bangladeshi batsmen.

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Although, they managed to pick up both Shakib and Rahim towards the end, the damage was already done. Mahmadullah took the finishing responsibility. He scored a quick fire 46 runs from just 33 balls. This propelled Bangladesh to 330/6 in their 50 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir took two wickets each.

Chasing 331 on a batting friendly wicket, South Africa opener Quinton de Kock was dismissed early. But Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis played themselves in. Even then they lost wickets at crucial junctures.

David Miller, van der Russen, Duminy have all got starts. However, none of them managed to score a big hundred on the day. This leaves South Africa in a tough situation with India game coming up next.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh are constantly improving. This win shows how far they reached over the past three to four years. The tigers did exceptionally well during ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by reaching semifinals.

If they can work as a unit together, then there is a good chance that they could bag few wins and fancy their chances for knockout stages.

Here is how Twitter Reacted to Bangladesh’s win

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ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts After Bangladesh Roll Past 300 Against South Africa

Bangladesh have reversed the trend of Asian teams’ batting displays at World Cup 2019. The tigers managed to score an impressive 330/6 in their 50 overs against South Africa in their opening match of the tournament.

Having won the toss for the second time in as many games, Faf du Plessis put Bangladesh to bat first. The openers exploited power play and were on a front foot in no time. However, Phehlukwayo managed to dismiss Tamim Iqbal, who was settling in. On the other hand, his batting partner Soumya Sarkar was out after s quickfire 42.

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

But Shakib Al Hasan along with Mushfiqur Rahim brought stability to the innings. The duo took calculative risks and ensured that the run rate was not dipped. They managed to stitch a 142 run partnership for the third wicket.

Incidentally, this also became the highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh in world cups. Both the players scored fifties and looked at ease during their partnership. Once both of them were dismissed towards the fag end of the innings, the lower order took the responsibility of increasing run rate.

Mahmadullah played an impressive knock of 46 runs in just 33 balls during slog overs. This helped Bangladesh to move past 300. Eventually they ended up scoring 330 runs in their full quota. This is also Bangladesh’s highest score against South Africa in ODIs.

The fans and players could not have asked more from their batters on the day. They clearly dominated South African bowlers and even if Bangladesh wins today, it should not be a surprise for anyone.


Here is how fans reacted on Twitter to Bangladesh’s batting against South Africa

Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 5, Bangladesh vs South Africa – Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 5, Bangladesh vs South Africa – Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI; Here comes the intriguing clash with Bangladesh locking horns with wounded-South Africa. Bangladesh will be playing the first game of the tournament while South Africa would like to get their first victory under their belt. Meanwhile, we figured out playing XI of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI:

1. Tamim Iqbal:

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Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Google)

The stylish southpaw is clear from the injury and all set to make his presence in the first game of the tournament for Bangladesh. He will be the key for his side against the solid South African bowling attack.

2. Liton Das:

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Liton Das would get the opportunity as he always played a good hand against the top-class teams. Besides that, he enjoys playing on a big stage, which would certainly make him a better choice.

3. Soumya Sarkar:

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Of late, Soumya Sarkar is batting like a force for the Bangladesh team. He will be the vital player for the team and also will be the part-time bowling option for Mortaza.

4. Shakib Al Hasan:

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Can they afford to leave him? He has been their best player in the ranks and always an asset for the team. The all-rounder will be crucial for the team during their progress in the tournament.

5. Mushfiqur Rahim:

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Yet another stalwart player, who will be crucial for Bangladesh. He got the knack of scoring runs and also got the ability to tackle the best bowlers in the world.

6. Mahmudullah Riyad:

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The all-rounder has been fantastic for Bangladesh in the big events. He was the star during last world cup campaign for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah would be crucial for the team.

7. Mehidy Hasan:

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He has been their useful all-rounder from the past couple of years. He can give those crucial middle overs for his skipper and also a brilliant batsman down the order.

8. Mashrafe Mortaza:

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Mashrafe Mortaza. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The skipper of Bangladesh has got quite a fan base for his captaincy skills. Besides that, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza plays a vital role with the ball and also delivers the goods on a consistent basis.

9. Rubel Hossain:

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Rubel Hossain. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hossain has been their experienced campaigner over the years. He will be their man against South Africa, especially, in the fast bowling conditions.

10. Mustafizur Rahman:

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The left-handed fast bowler is another key player for the team during the game against South Africa. He needs to deliver the goods at any cost in order to see his side winning the game.

11. Abu Jayed:

ABu Jayed, Bangladesh

The five-wicket haul in the game against Windies would certainly make him the choice for Bangladesh management. Abu Jayed can deliver the goods under pressure for the team.

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Watch: MS Dhoni Pulls Fan’s Leg in New 2019 World Cup Commercial

Cricket fans are thrumming up with excitement as the mega-event rounds up the corner. And the official broadcaster of the event, Star Sports is making sure to set a tone to the World Cup. They have featured none other than MS Dhoni in their next video who hilariously makes the cricket fan do sit-ups.

A few weeks ago, the largest broadcasters of the game launched the World Cup Campaign- #Cricketkafan. They started with India challenging Pakistan while in the next one they mocked England and South Africa for not winning a single title yet. The advertisements released portray World Cup title as the ‘Cricket ka Crown’. Every ten of the participating team has their eyes on winning the title. The advertisements focus on the one Indian Fan- Vicky who starts the fun banter by singing ‘Crown Cricket Ka Madamji Hum Le Jaayenge’ in front of the crowd.

The 12th edition of the ICC Men’s World Cup will see ten teams facing off each other in the round-robin format.

MS Dhoni Punishes Cricket Fan, makes him do Sit-Ups.

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In the third video released by Star Sports, the advertisement features Indian wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni. Dhoni is seen making Vicky do sit-ups for adding pressure on India by singing ‘Crown Cricket Ka Hum Le Jaayenge’. The former Indian skipper mocks him until Vicky’s phone started buzzing with the same song. This instantly changes Dhoni’s mood and he lets Vicky merrily dance to the song before letting him know that India will do everything to win the title.

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Star Sports #Cricketkacrown

With a balanced team of bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders, India enters the showpiece event as favourites.  However, the Virat Kohli-led team suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the warm-up clash. It was a wake-up call for the team and will be looking forward to redeeming the loss in next practice match against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the last match of Bangladesh against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain. India will take on South Africa on June 5 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.


ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh To Stick With Provisional 15-Man Squad

Unlike the other teams, Bangladesh doesn’t want to make any changes for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. They are happy with the provisional squad, which did reasonably well in the tri-series. The team will be led by Mashrafe Mortaza while Shakib Al Hasan will assist the skipper.

Initially, there were reports that Taskin Ahmed will be replacing Abu Jayed. However, the youngster has made things change in quick time by bagging a 5-wicket haul in the all-important clash. Perhaps, it would have made Mashrafe Mortaza stick with him for the grand event.

Abu Jayed saves his spot with a 5-wicket haul:

The batting department filled with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and  Liton Das, who are expected to be the openers in the ranks for Bangladesh. They were followed by Mushfiqur Rahman and Mohammad Mithun, who look after the middle-order department.

ABu Jayed, Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan, who is the deputy of Mortaza in the tournament will fill the all-rounder slot alongside the young Mosaddek Hossain. Mahmudullah Riyad is another talented cricketer, who always got the brilliant record in ICC events alongside Sabbir Rahman, who scored a century in New Zealand.

In the spinner section, the young Mehedi Hasan Miraz will look after the spinner category, Besides bowling, he is also a handy batsman down the order as well. He even opened innings for Bangladesh in Asia Cup when Tamim Iqbal was injured. Coming to the fast bowlers’ category, Mustafizur Rahman will be leading the department.

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He will be accompanied by Rubel Hossain and the young Abu Jayed. All in all, it seems like Bangladesh has announced a decent squad going into the ICC World Cup 2019.

Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on June 2. Before that, they will play two practice matches against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28, respectively.

Also, here is Bangladesh final squad:

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das. Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin. Sabbir Rahman, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi and Mosaddek Hossain


ICC World Cup 2019: Neil McKenzie Feels Bangladesh Needs to Get Acclimatized to the Surfaces in England and Ireland Rather Than Getting Used to the Cold

The batting coach of Bangladesh, Neil McKenzie is of the opinion that Bangladesh needs to get used to the pitches in England and Ireland rather than trying to adjust to the conditions in Ireland and England. Bangladesh who are playing their pre World Cup preparation series started off on a poor note as they lost the match against Ireland A by 88 runs. This was the only practice game for Bangladesh ahead of the tri-series which also involves Ireland and Windies.

“The experienced guys know whatever it takes to play in different conditions,” Neil McKenzie told reporters after the warm-up match. “I don’t think it’s the cold, its mainly the surfaces. Your lines change, lengths change and also your scoring opportunities change. So it’s not the weather it’s more the surface, the pitch condition and the various types of bowlers you will be facing.”

There is no doubt about the fact that Bangladesh has to get acclimatized to the cold weather in the Irish and English conditions. They had practised in the hot summer month in Dhaka and had to get used to the cold conditions in Ireland. The temperature in Ireland has gone down to two degrees at night. The temperature at the day time has been around 10 to 11 degrees.

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In the only warm-up match, the Bangladesh bowlers were plundered around the park and failed to find good line and length. They conceded 307 runs in a 50 overs match against a 2nd string Irish side. The batters proved to be disappointing as well. Many of them got starts but never managed to convert their starts into big ones.

“They all sort of back their own abilities. You know England wickets aren’t as quick as South Africa and Australia, so I don’t think it’s the technical side that we have to worry about. Obviously bowling in England, for the slower ball bouncer there is a bit of grip, so you have to try to hit square of the wicket,” McKenzie was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“In Bangladesh, you can just throw your hand at the ball and try to get slightly leg side whereas in England, you try to get to the pitch of the ball, try to get on top of it, try to hit as late as possible.” Talking about the preparations for the World Cup, McKenzie highlighted the experience of the coaching staff in England, and how it keeps Bangladesh in good stead. But he also said that the players, despite all the coaching and guidance they can provide, will need to find a formula that works for them best.

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The new jersey for Bangladesh for the 2019 World Cup. (Image Courtesy: Bd crictime. com)

“There are different technical aspects that we touched on. Obviously, Steve Rhodes is from England and he knows the English condition really really well. He knows the county pitches and conditions as well. Courtney Walsh played in England for many years, I played in England for five years, so we will try to access the sign of the different wickets and conditions and plan accordingly. We will try to prepare the guys as best we know how and give them what we think is the best formula but they will have to formalize themselves.

“These guys are quality players. If you give them enough time at the crease, they will formalize on their own. We are just trying to fast track that. We just came from New Zealand, we now have the tri-series and some of the warm-up games to prepare ourselves, so we will prepare our best in the next three weeks. Acclimatization is a huge factor. There are some guys who have come from BPL. But at least we have come here early. Trying to keep the guys fresh. I am sure we will be fine,” Neil McKenzie concluded.

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The new jersey for Bangladesh for the 2019 World Cup. (Image Courtesy: Bd crictime. com)

ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Change Jersey Design for Quadrennial Event

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has unanimously decided to change the design for the World Cup jersey for Bangladesh after there was widespread criticism from fans on social media regarding their previously designed jersey. There were several social media posts which lashed out at BCB for the choice of the jersey for the quadrennial event.

The decision to change the jersey came a day after the design of the jersey was unveiled in Dhaka on Monday. . “Red and green will be used in the jersey,” Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan said during a press conference in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change the design of the jersey. Bangladesh will now sport the red and green jersey for the World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. The revelation of the new jersey was made at a news conference at the Shre-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

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The new jersey has red in it’s sleeves and the name of the country is written in a white on a red triangle in the background. Bangladesh might well be one of the X factors of the tournament. They have a good team and will be led by Mashrafe Mortaza under whom Bangladesh has improved by leaps and bounds and made the semi-final during the ICC Champions Trophy which was held in England and Wales from 30th May.

Bangladesh has been the party poopers in the World Cup in the last few editions. However this year, Bangladesh considers themselves as contenders for the tournament which is a huge thing indeed. It was in the 2007 World when Bangladesh knock India out of the tournament after defeating them in a group game.

They also defeated South Africa in the tournament. They had a good outing in 2011 as well as defeating England. Even in 2015 they defeated England and knocked them out of the tournament. Hence Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly as they can make a difference in the showpiece event.


ICC World Cup 2019: This Will Surely Be My Last World Cup Says Mashrafe Mortaza

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has clarified about his retirements plans and made it pretty clear that the 2019 World Cup which will be played in England and Wales from 30th May will be the last tournament and surely the last World Cup for his nation.

The Bangladesh Tigers departed for Ireland on May 1 and before leaving for that particular tour, Mashrafe Mortaza attended a press conference where the 35-year-old Bangladesh medium pacer was asked whether this was probably his last World Cup.

“It is not a matter of probably; for sure this is my last World Cup,” Bangladesh’s leading ODI wicket-taker Mashrafa Mortaza was quoted as saying by the daily He will definitely be regarded as one of the finest Bangladesh bowlers ever since making his international debut way back n 2001. He has undergone 7 knee operations and has been a permanent fixture for Bangladesh only since 2014 when he was given the Bangladesh captaincy for the 2nd time.

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Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

The final stretch of Mortaza’s captaincy has given Bangladesh the best time in the 50 overs format. Bangladesh qualified for the Quarterfinals in the 2015 World Cup and also made their maiden Champions Trophy semi-final. Meanwhile, they have also managed to win home ODI series against India, South Africa, Pakistan and the Windies.

The Bangladesh ODI skipper was elected to parliament in the elections last year. Despite mentioning that it will be his last World Cup he was not willing to let the pressure get better of him.

“There is no reason for that to make me take any extra preparations,” said Narail’s Mortaza. “That is extra pressure. I will try to perform as a player and as a captain. That is important. Nothing is impossible, but it will be very important for us to handle the ups and downs.”

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Meanwhile, this will be for the first time that all the participating teams get to play against each other at least once in the tournament which will surely add balance to the tournament. The matches will be played in a single group and directly the semi-finalists will be chosen.

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The World Cup will commence from May 30 in London. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Squad Rating of the Participating 10 Teams

We are just a month away from the start of the most awaited cricketing event in 4 years which is the ICC Cricket World Cup. The mega event will be played in England and Wales from 30th May. All the 10 nations who will be participating in the tournament have already announced their squads and we can expect a thrilling competition. It will be an evenly contested tournament especially due to the fact that all the teams will be able to play against each other at least once in the round robin league. The top two teams will contest in the semifinals.

Now with the tournament scheduled to start in a little more than a month’s time, let us have a look at the squad ratings for the respective 10 nations

England- 8/10

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England is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup.

The home team has a strong team in the competition and will be one of the title contenders for the tournament. The team will be led by Eoin Morgan who has led his troops quite brilliantly in the recent past. The form of England’s batting line-up has been sensational to say the least. Jonny Bairstow has looked in ominous touch in the IPL and will look to continue his prowess.

The middle order consists of some genuine match winners in the form of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and a few more. Their bowling department is also a balanced unit who has the ability to dismantle any top class batting line-ups in the tournament.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, David Willey

Australia- 7/10

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The defending champions will be bolstered by the return of David Warner and Steve Smith who will definitely add balance and stability in the batting order. They have a good top order with players like Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh. Skipper Aaron Finch hasn’t been in the best of touches which might be a matter of concern for Australia.

Their bowling line-up is pretty strong with Mitchell Starc being the leader of the pack. After winning their last couple of series against India and Pakistan, they will be a confident unit in a tournament where they are well aware of the art of winning.

Squad: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon

Pakistan- 6.5/10

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The Men in Green will be led by Sarfaraz Ahmed and posses a good team. They were thrashed 0-5 in their last bilateral assignment against Australia but that shouldn’t be a concern for Pakistan as they have a solid and experienced team.

The likes of Fakhar Zam and Imam have provided good starts to Pakistan. The experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the middle order will come in handy for Pakistan. The biggest surprise is the exclusion of Mohammad Amir. All in all, Pakistan have a pretty strong team to possess.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed(c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail

South Africa- 7/10

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The Proteas will be led by an able skipper in the form of Faf du Plessis. The opening duo of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will play a pivotal role in South Africa’s chances. The retirement of AB de Villiers just a year back will definitely put South Africa in a spot of bother. They have some able players in the middle order.

The experience of JP Duminy will also come in handy for South Africa. The bowling department will be led by Kagiso Rabada who has looked lethal in the ongoing IPL. Dale Steyn’s injury might be a concern for South Africa but there is still a month away from the competition which will allow him to recover in time.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi

New Zealand- 6.5/10

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The Kiwis have a relatively inexperienced tea, in the tournament which will be led by Kane Williamson. The opening duo of Martin Guptill and Colin has a good reputation and will look to provide a great start to the Kiwis.

The middle order will be led by the experienced Kane Williamson who is definitely one of the finest batsmen of the modern generation. The bowling department will be led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult. It will be interesting to see how they square up for the marquee event.

Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor

Bangladesh- 5/10

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Bangladesh will be one of the surprise element in the tournament. They have lacked consistency even in the past but on a specific day, they have players who can turn the match on it’s head with both their batting and bowling skills. The squad will be led by Mashrafe Mortaza who has led Bangladesh quite well in the recent past.

Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das have laid a good foundation for Bangladesh. Meanwhile the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim will look to provide stability to the Bangladesh batting line-up. The bowling department will be led by left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.

Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan

India- 9/10

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Indian Team. Credits: Twitter

Without being biased, I certainly feel India are the firm favourites for the World Cup especially due to their performances in the 50 overs format in the recent past. The top 3 of the Indian team is the backbone of the team.

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli will look to provide stability to the Indian batting order. There is arguably no doubt about the fact that MS Dhoni will be the most important player for India in the tournament.

Chief selector MSK Prasad revealed that Vijay Shankar might start the tournament as the No 4 batsman. The bowling department consists of three exceptional fast bowlers who are in good form.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will be a lethal pace bowling bunch for India. The spin bowling duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav might turn out to be the X factor for India in the tournament.

Sri Lanka- 5.5/10

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Sri Lanka will be led by a player who last played an ODI in the 2015 World Cup. Strange indeed but the Sri Lankan selectors feel that Dimuth Karunaratne can do the job for them especially after leading the Lankans to a historic Test series victory in South Africa.

Their batting line-up has been pretty indifferent and has failed to provide any consistency. There are several new names in the Sri Lankan squad who will look to make a mark in the showpiece event. The presence of Angelo Mathews will be of great help to Karunaratne.

Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana

Windies- 6.5/10

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The form of Andre Russell for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL will come in beneficial for Windies in the 2019 World Cup. Along with Russell, Chris Gayle has also looked in superb form. Both these players are match winners and have the ability to change the whole complexion of the game within a blink of an eye.

There are several other impact players in the Windies team who has the ability to surprise the opposition with their all-round skills. The injury of Sunil Narine will be a huge blow for them as Narine could have made the difference for the two-time world champions.

Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer

Afghanistan- 5/10

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Afghanistan team celebrates its wicket. (Photo by Julian Herbert-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The Asian minnows might well be the party poopers as they some exceptional players in their squad especially in the spin department. The Afghanistan team management took a surprising call by employing Gulbadin Naib as the ODI skipper just ahead of the quadrennial event which was even criticized by players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.

Afghanistan has a good batting line-up and can also pose a threat or two with the ball in hand. The spin department will be led by Rashid Khan. He will get support from the likes of Mujeeeb ur Rahman.

Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman

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