The forthcoming World Cup is being tipped by many as an open one. Quite a number of former players have said that quite a number of teams are capable of winning the tournament. However, former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis feels India have the advantage in the World Cup due to their spin attack. The legendary pacer feels India’s quality pacers and spinners can do the trick for them.
Well, India’s track record in England in recent times has been pretty promising. The Men in Blue had won the Champions Trophy in 2013 and had made it to the final four years later. England is also the country where India won their first-ever World Cup, lifting the title under Kapil Dev‘s captaincy in 1983.
Last year, Kuldeep Yadav was an absolute revelation in England, helping India win the T20 series while picking up his career-best figures in ODIs and T20Is during the tour. With Yuzvendra Chahal also in the side, India do possess a potent spina attack. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar further strengthen the bowling attack.
And Waqar Younis feels India’s bowling give them the edge in the upcoming World Cup. With the English summer likely to make pitches more friendly for spinners, Younis has backed India as one of the favourites.
“Spin plays a key role and that’s why India is one of the favourites for the World Cup as they have got two quality spinners and also a quality pace attack,” Waqar Younis said while commentating during the second ODI between England and Pakistan in Southampton on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, hosts England will take on South Africa in the opener on May 30, 2019, at The Oval in London. The tournament will last for 45 days with 48 matches to be played. The format for the 2019 edition will see 10 best teams in the world going head-to-head in a round-robin format. The tournament will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.