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.
Ricky Ponting predicts the winner
The prediction game has allready started and former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting is the latest one to don the predictors hat. Ponting was not hesitant of terming India and England as the firm favourites to lift the coveted honours but added that Australia can also be a force to reckon.
“India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up then I think that team looks as strong as any,” Ponting was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.