With just about two months to go for the 2019 World Cup to be contested in England and Wales, all the cricketing experts and fanatics have started to place their bets on who will win the prestigious mega event title. The much-awaited 50-overs tournament will start on May 30 with hosts England locking horns with South Africa in the opening game at the Oval. Former Indian cricketer and now a commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar is the most recent person in the list to reveal his predictions for the forthcoming World Cup edition.
India is the strongest team
Despite the recent disappointing series loss against Australia at home, Manjrekar feels that India is the best team currently in ODI cricket. He mentioned that with a game-changing bowling attack and two of the best of ODI batsmen in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India is the strongest team. However, Manjrekar also noted that being a strong team and winning the World Cup are two different aspects. He reckons that the semi-finals and the final will be the real test of character for Team India.
“India is the best team in the format in the world. A game-changing bowling attack with quality spin, one of the all-time great ODI batsman (Virat Kohli), also Rohit Sharma. Just the middle order is not the same. So I maintain India is the strongest team. But whether they can win the World Cup is another thing. It depends on how they will fare on the night of the semis or the finals,” quoted Sanjay Manjrekar.
The Indian team management would be a little worried
The former cricketer also addressed the hottest topic of discussion in Indian cricket, the No.4 conundrum. He stated that if the World Cup was going to be held in India, Ambati Rayudu would have sealed his spot till now. Manjrekar has picked the exciting all-rounder, Vijay Shankar to end India’s No.4 woes.
“India has great bowling and good batting class at the top but the middle order is not the same league and that will be the underbelly as we go to the World Cup. But amongst the options, I think Shankar looks the most exciting. He would be my No.4. The Indian team management would be a little worried because the World Cup is in England. If the World Cup was in India maybe Ambati Rayudu would have cemented his spot,” the former Indian cricketer added.