South African premier fast bowler Dale Steyn reckons that all the ten participating teams have equal chance to grab their hands on the prestigious 2019 World Cup title. He noted that that the present International Cricket Council’s (ICC) one-day international rankings will not be much of criterion in determining the winners of the mega event scheduled to start from 30th May in England and Wales.
Rankings these days don’t mean anything
Steyn has been roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile and he will be available to be considered for selection in the upcoming game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 19. While speaking to the media reporters in Kolkata, Steyn mentioned that the rankings are not much of importance in the modern-day game. He cited the examples of West Indies and Australia, who are both placed lowly in the rankings, but they still managed to beat top teams like England and India respectively.
"I think you really need to take rankings and throw it out of the window. Rankings these days don't mean anything. I don't even know what ranking West Indies have, and they just beat England. Australia were losing, and then they've started winning again," quoted Dale Steyn.
Steyn reckons that every team going to the World Cup has a massive chance. He also mentioned that it is very important to figure out which teams are best adapting to the conditions. The Proteas fast bowler noted that whichever team hits the ground running first will have the best chance to take home the title.
"I think every team going to the World Cup has a massive chance. England are playing in England, and they're playing some good white-ball cricket. You just need to go there, figure out which teams are best adapting to the conditions and then the team that hits the ground running first has the best chance," he added.
We have some fantastic players
Steyn revealed that even after not losing an ODI series in last one and a half years, not many people are not counting on South Africa as major contenders for the World Cup. The veteran pacer mentioned that it is very necessary to go into the mega event with an expectation of winning it.
"I don't think South Africa have lost an ODI series in one and a half years but no one gives us a chance and then somebody does. If you're not going to the World Cup expecting to win, then you probably shouldn't go. But I'm not going to lie, we have some fantastic players," the veteran South African fast bowler concluded.