The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scheduled to be held in England and Wales begins from May 30 to July 14 and West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has predicted the finalists of the mega event.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going to be held within six and a half months and the first match will take place between England and South Africa at the Kennington, Oval in London. Former West Indian cricketer Brian Lara has predicted the finalists of the mega event who can take the cup home.
While Lara feels the hosts England would take on India in the summit clash, he also named Pakistan which is going to be led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, as the biggest underdogs for the tournament. He also acclaimed that India is over dependent on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to some extent for the World Cup.
“England is a powerful team. Though it has not won any major events, at home, it should be a difficult proposition. India has been consistently playing well. However, it (playing in England) is different compared to doing well at home. It looks it is too dependent on Rohit (Sharma) and Kohli. You need to have good players from No. 4 to 7 as there is no guarantee of the top-order clicking all the time,” Brian Lara was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
Later on, Lara also spoke about the West Indies performance against India and is of the belief that they could have done better.
“They could have done better. We have left a legacy in this format (Test cricket) with all our hard work and skills. Test matches getting over in just three days is not a very good sign for West Indies cricket.” Brian Lara added.
With each individual nations playing at their best, countries like England, India, Pakistan have really outshined this year with more and more addition of youngsters, it would be a tough battle to watch out for in the 2019 World Cup.