Before the start of the recent India-Australia and Windies-England limited-overs series earlier this year, England and India were reckoned as strong favourites to win the 2019 World Cup title. However, after these two series (India lost 2-3 and Windies levelled 2-2 against England), it seems as if the upcoming World Cup is wide open and any of the ten teams have the ability and firepower to record a magnificent victorious triumph.
But the times have surely changed and both the teams are back in the reckoning. Former legendary Windies cricketer Michael Holding has also admitted that he won’t be surprised if either of India or England ends up lifting the coveted trophy.
“India has been outstanding. They are consistent. They have got good players. The champion team must know to play under pressure. I’ll not be surprised if either England or India wins the Cup this time,” Michael Holding was quoted as saying by TOI.
Michael Holding picks India’s X-Factors for the 2019 WC
While revealing his choice of India’s X-Factors for the upcoming World Cup, Holding said, “I will mention two names, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Both these cricketers have excellent qualities to win the Cup for India.”
Holding has followed both Kohli and Bumrah as the two cricketers have evolved and excelled in their respective crafts. With 41 ODI centuries, Kohli has nearly 11,000 runs in the format. On the contrary, the 25-year-old Bumrah has as many as 85 wickets in 49 matches in ODI cricket at an average of 22.15 and an incredible economy of 4.51, bowling in difficult situations of games.
Holding further mentioned that the Eoin Morgan-led England team has also done really well in the 50-overs format in recent times. He noted that they have a quite balanced side as well and the fact that they are playing at home also goes in their favour.
“England will be playing at home. They have really displayed well in One-day cricket recently. They really have a balanced side,” the former Windies speedster concluded.