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 Australia who are high in confidence after pipping India 3-2 in India and clean sweeping Pakistan 5-0 in United Arab Emirates(UAE). The returning Steve Smith and David Warner will add more strength to the team.
Irfan Pathan picks the semi-finalists
The Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder picks England, India, Australia and South Africa to make the semi-finals of the show piece event. Hosts England have played fearless brand of cricket in the recent while and they are the firm favourites to win the title and win their maiden world cup. 2011 champions India are ranked 2nd in the ODI rankings and their run of form in the recent while also make them another favourite of the tournament.
South Africa is not as strong as it use to be in the earlier formats, but the Proteas still look a formidable side and will be eyeing history in England. Australia looks more than formidable after the return of Steve Smith and David Warner and the men in yellow will be eager to defend their title.
“World cup is about to start, Let’s talk about the top 4. Mine: 1)India 2)England 3)Australia 4) South Africa #worldcup,” Irfan Pathan tweeted.