Salaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picks India, England as World Cup 2019 favourites

first_imgAustralian spin legend Shane Warne picked India and hosts England as the favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India have won the World Cup twice – in 1983 and 2011 – while England are yet to lay their hands on the coveted trophy.However, several experts believe England could break their World Cup jinx at home. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s, Shane Warne said it hurt him to say it but he reckoned England have a great chance of winning the World Cup this time.India have a fantastic chance to win. They have the best batsman in the world and the best bowler in the world. They have a well balanced side. But having side England are actually very very good.”Most teams have 1 or 2 match-winners but India have at least 5. When you have that many match winners in your side with bit of X factor, you are going to get very, very close. And then you look at England too – their firepower. I would be very disappointed if England. Australia and India do not make the semi-finals,” Warne said. “I have a feeling West Indies might slide into the last four.” said Warne.It hurts me to say that. Morgan said we love the favourites tag – the mood in their camp is that they can win it. India and England are the two favourites, Warne said at Salaam Cricket 2019 on Sunday.Shane Warne had won the World Cup in 1999 with Australia and he said cricket should strive for a more even contest between bat and ball.advertisementI think the bowlers need to improve at the same level that the batsmen have. We have to make sure there is a proper contest between bat and ball.Whether it spins from the first ball, there needs to be a proper contest otherwise the batsmen will dominate too much. Everything India is doing at the moment – a lot of teams are starting to copy the way India are doing things. Kohli shows he cares. The biggest change is the athleticism. I don’t mind the bat sizes. The grounds – if we can make them as big as possible, then it will be great, Warne said.Also Watch:last_img

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