What To Expect From The 2019 Cricket World Cup
The cricket carnival is just around the corner with the world’s top ten cricketing nations competing in the third most-watched event on the planet – the ICC Cricket 2019 World Cup. Over 1.5 billion people watched the last edition of the game, and more viewers are expected Globally, cricket fans are buzzing with excitement ahead of the upcoming summer of cricket in England and Wales.
Cricket World Cup 2019 expectations
Buckle up, as Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at what to expect from the sport’s biggest event of the year.
What’s so Different About This Cricket 2019 World Cup?
The 12th edition of the ICC Men’s World Cup will begin May 30 in a round-robin format, which means each team plays the other nine teams at least once. The top four teams from the preliminary round will progress to semi-finals. It is the first time after 1987 that only ten teams are participating.
It also marks the first world cup without the presence of any Associate nations. Associate members are those that play cricket but do not qualify for full membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Over the 11 iterations, New Zealand has been the most successful cricketing nation to progress into the quarterfinals. Last year, qualifying for the ninth time for the second round, the Kiwis made it to the finals before falling prey to Australia.
The so-near-yet-so-far fate four years ago will be used as motivation fuel for the Kiwis in their quest to lift the ICC world cup trophy for the first time.
Their trans-Tasman rival, Australia have lifted the cup five times, most by any time. The Kangaroos are always strong contenders, but the bowling department looks weak this time. From the six full-time bowlers, five of them will be playing the world cup for the first time.
More so, the Australian team have no reserve wicketkeeper and therefore put more weight on the lone wicketkeeper Alex Carey. But to compensate, the Kangaroos and five-time champions have one of the strongest batting line-up making them the most formidable side.
It will not come as a surprise if Australia repeats as champions.
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Odds of the Indian Subcontinent
History has always been a witness to India falling short of expectations. If the trend continues, then the Indian team is likely to disappoint the entire nation as they are considered one of the top favorites of the Cricket 2019 World Cup.
With the most balanced and the ideal blend of mature performers, Indian team packs enough punch to lift the trophy for the third time to become the second most successful team after Australia.
India’s famous and successful batting trio – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli could lead their team to victory. Surprisingly, Indian bowling attack looks destructive with pace bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Bhubneshwar Kumar, and Mohammad Shami being in the best form of their lives.
The team faces a middle-order conundrum, but the likes of world-class finishers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya compensate the issue. It is most likely to be the last world cup to feature MS Dhoni – India’s most successful captain to lead them to 2011 world cup victory.
The rest of the Indian Subcontinent teams – Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are the lowest-ranked sides. Among them, Afghanistan has the potential to create some shocking upsets.
Pakistan often referred to as the unpredictable, packs enough to turn the tables on any contender. Pakistan is the youngest team with over half of its players 25 years or younger.
Moreover, out of the 15-man squad, 12 of them will be playing their maiden World Cup.
Shockers, chokers, and entertainers
Failing to even move past the preliminary round, England have the best odds to end the lifelong drought and bury the woes of three World Cup final defeats once and for all. The English team has enough weapons in their arsenal and has the home soil advantage to win a World Cup at its own turf.
Since the last Cricket World Cup in 2015, England have improved their batting skills to become one of the most explosive and consistent batting line up. Since then, the English side has recorded four 400-plus scores and about thirty-six 300-plus totals.
Apart from the muscle up the order, it also features craft in the middle of the order. Unfortunately, the team’s bowling department has the second-worst bowling economy.
On the other hand, South Africa carry the “chokers” in World Cups. Could the Proteas change the trend? Only time can say, but the South African side does have a potent bowling attack, with Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir doing magic.
Meanwhile, the entertainers, the big hitters, charismatic, and the ones who bring drama to the game – West Indies is likely to punch above its weight to win their third title after a prolonged slump.
The mojo and muscle of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, and Jason Holder can change the face of the game in seconds and thump any opponent.
Only time will reveal the champions of the Cricket World Cup 2019, but the most balanced side is likely to lift the trophy this cricketing summer.
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