PREDICTION FOR SEMI-FINAL
It’s going to be one of the most interesting contest in world cup & probably be the best format in this world cups where 10 teams will compete with each other before the semi-finals. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals playing all the teams.
“My pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England & confused between the two; West Indies & New Zealand but will go with West Indies”.
Indian team is strong & favourite side in world cup having world’s no.1 batsman & bowler on their site. The team is backed by some experienced players likes Ms Dhoni, Rohit Sharma (recently won an ipl title) Virat Kohli(run machine), Jasprit Bumrah. Eyes will be on the opening pair Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan. Teams middle order is also balanced & in form having Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav & MSD.
Australia currently is in good form & is the no. 1 team in ODI & has strengthened their team with the entry of David Warner & Steve Smith on their side. As we have seen David Warner is in good form & has shown his form in IPL with the highest run scorer this year. Mitchel Stark and Jhye Richardson will be there key factor in fast bowling pitch. Usman Khawaja is also in good form. So it will be interesting to watch them too.
As we all know England is going to host world cup 2019, so will be tough competition to all other teams. The team is in 2nd place in ODI ranking. Recently the team has clean swept Pakistan & is in form. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow currently are in good form. Teams eye would be on Mark wood and Tom Curran. Teams middle order is balanced having Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. Overall the team is all set for yet another contender for finals.
There was a tough call between West Indies & New Zealand but end up by picking West Indies. West Indies are having some power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russel & Shimron Hetmyer all are in good form. Shai Hope is playing brilliantly & is currently in good form. He became the fastest batsman for the West Indies, in terms of no. of innings, to score 2000 runs in ODI’s.
This will be the toughest assignment for team India to win a world cup away from home but are in favourite to win the world cup in 2019.