It is often said that, “Time is probably the best medicine” and this quote goes perfect with the nature and performance of the current England limited-overs side. The English team suffered a disappointing loss against Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup, which also in turn brought an end to their campaign in the league stages of the tournament itself. But since that defeat, the Eoin Morgan-led team has transformed into an all-different group and they have included enough firepower in their batting department, which is the major reason as to why the hosts are being considered as the strong favourites to win their maiden World Cup title at the upcoming showpiece event.
England started to approach the limited-overs format in a brand-new style by bringing in players who have the ability to turn the game on its head on the judgment day. They have changed the whole dynamic of the 50-overs format as they have showed the cricketing world a new path in which 300-plus scores have become a norm. Recently during the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, England became the first team to breach the 340-run mark on four consecutive occasions.
They have been playing outstanding cricket
During a recent interview, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that England and not India are the favourites for this 50-overs quadrennial tournament. Gavaskar revealed that the English team has been playing outstanding cricket in the recent few years and with the competition being held in the known home conditions, they are the team to beat.
“England, not India, are the favourites for this World Cup. They have been playing outstanding cricket over the last few years and in familiar home conditions will be hard to beat,” quoted Sunil Gavaskar.
While speaking about Kohli’s performance in the upcoming tournament, Gavaskar said, “On an individual level he certainly can be as successful (in England) as he was last year for sure.”
The former Indian skipper further mentioned that a captain can be as good as his team is. He stated that the presence of MS Dhoni means a lot for Kohli and it takes a big load off his shoulders. “But a captain is only as good as his team and Dhoni’s presence takes a big load off Kohli, especially after the first power play,” Gavaskar concluded.