With a few hours before the 2019 World Cup (May 30) gets underway, it is time for the prediction hats to come off the closet. The upcoming showpiece event will see Australia defend the prestigious title, which they won by defeating the Kiwis in the finals of 2015 edition in their own backyard. New Zealand are quietly confident that they can again exceed expectations in their quest for a maiden title at this year’s tournament.
The Black Caps hope to shed their tag as gallant losers after making the World Cup semi-finals six times then finally reaching the decider four years ago, only to be soundly beaten by Australia. With some experienced players in Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, the Kane Williamson-led side are surely reckoned to be strong contenders to lift the coveted 2019 World Cup trophy.
Kane Williamson is leading a balanced side
During a recent conversation, former Kiwi skipper and coach John Wright mentioned that New Zealand should play some decent cricket in this tournament as they finished as the runners-up in the previous edition. Wright revealed that the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has got a well-balanced team where they have the right players for the right positions. He stated that the side has a great mixture of young and experienced players.
“They will play decent cricket. We all should remember that they reached the final in Melbourne in 2015 but lost to Australia. We also remember that despite being in the semifinals seven times, we have never won the tournament in its 43-year history. Kane Williamson is leading a balanced side,” quoted John Wright.
“They have the right players for the right positions and the skipper has a good cricket brain and also is very cool under pressure. The team has a good mix of young and experienced cricketers. This core of the side that played the final in 2015 is still there,” he added.
While talking about India’s chances, the former Indian coach stated that the Men in Blue have been doing well across the three formats in the last one-and-a half years. He reckoned that they have the best batsman in Virat Kohli and the best bowler in Jasprit Bumrah.
“India have been doing well across formats in the last one-and-a half years. There is no reason that they will not be playing a good brand of cricket. They have the best batsman in Virat Kohli and the best bowler in Jasprit Bumrah. Naturally, they will also have some advantage with the presence of these two cricketers. The team is full of dependable, formidable cricketers who know how to perform under pressure,” he concluded.