ICC World Cup 2019: Rahul Dravid picks his favourites for the tournament
The Virat Kohli-led side, currently ranked the second-best ODI side in the world, will be high on confidence after the recent results.
Updated - Feb 1, 2019 11:08 am
With the much-anticipated World Cup in England and Wales just a couple of months away, the predictions regarding which team can go all the way have become the talk of the town. The latest person to give his opinion on the much-talked-about topic is legendary batsman Rahul Dravid. The former India skipper feels India are one of the favourites to win the upcoming showpiece event.
The Virat Kohli-led side, currently ranked the second-best ODI side in the world, will be high on confidence after the recent results. They began the World Cup-year with a historic series win in Australia. The Men in Blue beat Australia to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series win on the Australian soil. It was followed by a dominating performance in New Zealand. India thrashed New Zealand in the first three ODIs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
With India showing little signs of slowing down, Dravid feels the team will be the one to beat in the World Cup. “I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months,” Dravid was quoted by India Today.
The legendary batsman, who was a part of the side that made it to the World Cup final in 2003, further spoke on the types of wickets that will be on offer in England. He feels that the wickets will be flat and scores of 300 plus will be regularly posted and chased as well.
“Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored,” said Dravid who was the highest run-scorer with 461 runs the last time England hosted the World Cup in 1999.
ICC announces the warm-up schedule
Meanwhile, each of the ten competing teams will play two warm-up games heading into the World Cup. The games will be held over five days between 24-28 May, and will be hosted at four of the official tournament Venues – the Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval.
India will play against New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-up games before opening their campaign against South Africa.