World Cup 2019: Ian Bell picks the favourites to lift the title
He has also listed the reasons for the same.
Updated - Dec 6, 2018 4:01 pm
The most awaited event in the cricketing arena, World Cup, is only a few months away now. It will get underway on May 30 with the final set to be played at the Lord’s on July 14. All the ten teams are preparing for the tournament as only a few matches are left for them to finalize their combination. Meanwhile, Ian Bell has named the top contenders to lift the title next year at the iconic Lord’s and no wonder he has picked England as one of those teams.
Since 2015 World Cup debacle, England revamped their ODI team completely and since then have raked runs at will blooding in the youngsters. The face of their ODI cricket is completely changed and they look near impossible side to beat nowadays. With the mega-event set to take place at home, Eoin Morgan-led side is definitely having the potential to win the 50-over World Cup for the first time in their cricketing history.
“I think people are saying they [England] are the favorites and rightly so. The 50-over cricket they have played over the last three years has been outstanding,” Bell said while speaking to Sky Sports.
Who are the other favourites?
However, Ian Bell has also named India and Pakistan to be the major contenders to win the World Cup next year. He feels that the Men in Green winning the Champions Trophy last year has proved that they have the ability to stun any team on their day while also praising the Indian team saying that they are always one of the better sides in the limited-overs format.
“It’s going to be an exciting tournament but, as we saw in the ICC Champions Trophy last year, Pakistan is a very dangerous side with lots and lots of match-winners and exciting players in their team. India, as they always are at World Cups, are going to be very strong,” he further added.
Moreover, Bell also went on to say that he won’t be much surprised if Australia make it to the final four despite not being in the best of forms in the last couple of years as they tend to bring out their best game in the World events. But he was assured of the fact that either India, Pakistan or England will be the champions next year. “I think it will be a very interesting tournament but, for me at the minute, I would be looking at either England, Pakistan or India to go all the way,” England’s one of the most classical batsmen signed off.