The ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales is only two days away, and the fans can’t wait for the marquee event to get underway. England will take on South Africa in the curtain-raiser on May 30 at the Oval whereas the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the finals. As they gear up for the tournament to begin, India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has predicted his finalists for the mega competition.
Yuvraj picks his favourites for the final
The upcoming six weeks will witness some of the evenly contested games as all the teams can beat the other on any given day. Afghanistan has already shown that they are not in England to travel. They have defeated Pakistan in the warm-up game to set out a warning for the other teams. On the other hand, second-ranked ODI side India have gone down against New Zealand in their first practice match.
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Yuvraj Singh, who won the player of the tournament during India’s winning run in the 2011 World Cup, picked India and England as the probable finalists. While the Men in Blues have done consistently well in the recent past, Eoin Morgan & Co have been the dominant side in the last four years. Besides, they also enter the tournament as the top-ranked side and will be playing in front of the home crowd, which can be a blessing in disguise for them. Yuvraj also kept Australia in the hunt keeping in mind their rich history in ICC events. The Aussies are the defending champions and have won the World Cup five times – the most by any team.
“I feel India and England have a very good chance of making it to the final. Australia, yes, since (David) Warner and Steve (Smith) came back; they also have a very good bowling attack. These three teams are pretty much likely to be in the last four,” Yuvraj Singh said to Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. On the other hand, Australia play Afghanistan in their tournament opener on June 1.