With less than three months to go for the 2019 World Cup to be contested in England and Wales; all the cricketing experts have started putting forth their predictions on the winners of the mega event. The World Cup will see Australia defend the prestigious title, which they won by defeating the Kiwis in the finals of 2015 edition in their own backyard. Former South African legendary cricketer AB de Villiers recently revealed his prediction for the upcoming global event.
You cannot look past India and Pakistan in the ODIs reckons AB de Villiers
During a recent interview, de Villiers mentioned that it is very hard to look beyond India and Pakistan in the 50-overs format. He reckons that it is really very difficult to predict a winner for the upcoming mega event scheduled later this year in England and Wales. However, he still named Pakistan, England, Australia, India and South Africa as his top five teams who are in contention to lift the prestigious World Cup title.
“It’s difficult to say who will win. You can’t look past India and Pakistan in the ODIs. Pakistan won the Champions Trophy, England are the hosts and you cannot discount Australia. South Africa would like to think they can win, so these are the five I have named who are the real big favourites,” AB de Villiers was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
India and Pakistan have probably the best chance
In spite of trailing the five-match ODI series 1-2, the Jason Holder-led Windies team has displayed a fabulous performance in the ongoing series. With the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, Windies have peaked at the right moment. The former Proteas cricketer also feels that the two-time World Cup champions (Windies) should not be left behind, as they are very much in the race. However, de Villiers stated that he feels India and Pakistan have probably the best chance to clinch the title.
“The West Indies are playing good cricket, so it’s difficult to single out a team or two. On my experience and having done it before, I think India and Pakistan have probably the best chance,” concluded the former Proteas legend.