The build to the upcoming cricket world cup has allready started with all the 10 participating teams making sure that they get the right combination before the start of the marquee event. The world cup will get underway from May 30 and will continue till July 14.
England are the firm favourites to lift the trophy, however some experts claim India to be a force to reckon with alongside Pakistan, who will be high in confidence after triumph in 2017 champions trophy in English conditions.
England disappointed in the 2011 and 2015 edition of the world cup where they were eliminated from the group stage owing to defeats against the minnows. The selectors and team management entrusted the young guns to the job after the 2015 world cup and results started reflecting thereafter. The Three Lions are now the top ranked ODI team followed by India at number two.
The men in blue have played consistent cricket from the 2015 world cup and this can be understood by the fact that they have won the most games in ODI cricket since 2015.
Brian Lara makes a prediction
The legendary Trinidad and Tobago born cricketer picked India as the firm favourite to win the tournament despite a rare series loss to Australia at home. Lara feels the men in blue have all the bases covered which makes them the top contender to lift the trophy.
“They are capable of playing all around the world. India starts as favorites. The Champions Trophy final a couple of years ago, Pakistan versus India… that would be a wonderful final to see again,” Lara said.
Lara further said that the show piece event will be dependent on typical English weather which promises hide and seek of cloud and the sun.