The ICC World Cup has completed its third week. This was one of the most disappointed weeks with a lot of matches being one-sided or completely rained out. So here are the top three things that we learned from the third week of the World Cup:
1) Incredible India
India have continued their incredible form by beating Pakistan comfortably. It was billed as one of the most exciting contests of the year. However, it proved to be a one-sided affair in which India crushed Pakistan. Rohit Sharma was in sublime form as he hit a marvellous century. Pakistan were never really in the chase. India appear to be the strongest team in the tournament along with England.
2) Rain Rules
Four matches have already been washed out due to rain. This is a sad state of affairs, especially because of the lack of reserve days for matches. The crowds have been left disappointed and the ICC needs to do something about this. Maybe it is time for some of the cricket grounds to be covered like it happens in Tennis.
3) England On Top
At the present moment, England are at the top of the table. The Englishmen have performed superbly during the tournament and lived up to their billing of favourites. Eoin Morgan smashed the record for most sixes by an ODI batsman and led his team to a 150 run win over the Afghans. England are looking one of the strongest teams.
To sum up, the tournament has been severely impacted by rain. The race for the top four is beginning to shape up now, with England, Australia, New Zealand, and India looking like the frontrunners. Let us hope for some exciting matches ahead!
The ICC World Cup has completed its second week. There have been some close matches, but there have also been a few wash outs. So here are the top three things that we learned from the second week of the World Cup:
1) Impressive India
India have looked impressive in both their matches. First, they beat South Africa in a one-sided game. Then, they managed to beat the Aussies by a comfortable margin of 36 runs. Their batting has been really impressive in both matches. Similarly, their bowlers have also looked the part. India are looking like real contenders, although Dhawan’s injury is a blow.
2) Bangla Battlers
Bangladesh have also played well in their games. Shakib Al Hasan has been the highest scorer of the tournament thus far. Mustafizur has also looked good with the ball. This might be the first time when Bangladesh sneak into the semi-finals. They are certainly likely to be one of the contenders for the fourth semi-final spot.
3) Kiwis On Top
As of today, New Zealand continue to be the team to beat. They have won all three of their games, and have played some fantastic cricket. The Kiwis are being well led by Kane Williamson, who himself looks to be in fine form. If they win their next two games, they will have one foot in the semi-finals already!
To sum up, it has been a great tournament thus far, despite the weather. The race for the top four is likely to be a close one, and no team has looked perfect till now. The next few weeks are likely to be very exciting!
The ICC World Cup is finally here. The best 10 teams from around the world are fighting for the ultimate cricketing glory. The first week of the tournament has thrown of some surprising results. So here are the top three things that we learned from the first week of the World Cup:
1) Wonderful Windies
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament till now has been the Windies’ superb win over Pakistan. Nobody expected their pacers to do so well. They managed to bowl out Pakistan cheaply and then chased down the target with ease. The Windies are a well-balanced side and they can challenge for the trophy.
2) England Shocked
England managed to beat South Africa comfortably in their opening match. This win reinforced their tag of favourites. They were expected to hammer Pakistan as well. However, they were shocked by Pakistan in their second match. This defeat showed that this England team is still vulnerable and can be defeated.
3) Cunning Kiwis
The Kiwis are the dark horses of this tournament. They have already managed to hammer Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match. The manner of their victory will give them great confidence and they will be hoping to take the momentum of this win into the next matches. The Kiwis should not be underestimated by any means!
To sum up, it is clear that this is going to be one of the most closely fought World Cups in recent history. There are no clear favourites anymore after Pakistan stunned England. 4-5 teams will feel that they have a chance to win it!
The ICC had decided that warm up matches are essential before the World Cup. Each team was scheduled to play two matches in the lead up to the World Cup. So here are the top three three things that we learned from the World Cup warm up matches:
1) Amazing Aussies
Most people considered England to be the favourites leading into the World Cup. This was because the England team had been playing some amazing cricket. However, in the first warm up match, they were beaten by Australia. The Aussies have been in fine form, winning their last two ODI series as they outplayed India and Pakistan. They are peaking just at the right time.
2) Inconsistent India
Many fans felt that India were also strong contenders for the tournament. However, they were outplayed by the Kiwis in their first game. They were bowled out for just 179, indicating that their batting needs to improve a lot if they are to challenge. They managed to win their second game against Bangladesh, but their top order needs to improve.
3) Improving Afghans
Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by 3 wickets in the opening warm up match. The result showed that the Afghans can be the dark horses in the World Cup. Their spinners can be a major threat to any team. Although they lost their second game to England, they are likely to trouble a few teams during the tournament.
To sum up, it is clear Australia are a team to watch out for. The Aussies have managed to come back in to the fray by showing some great form in recent matches. The other teams around the world need to be cautious!
India are a strong ODI side. Their batting is one of their key strengths, and their bowling is also catching up. They are expected to give a tough competition to any side. So here are the top three reasons why India are among the favourites for the World Cup:
1) Batting Prowess
India’s top order is among the most formidable line-ups in the history of ODI cricket. Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli have been among the best batters of this generation and they are likely to have a major impact on this World Cup. Even if one of the three gets going, they are extremely hard to stop for anyone.
2) Improved Bowling
India’s bowling has also improved in recent times. It is clear that this change has come about since the rise of Jasprit Bumrah. The spinners in the line-up are also match winners and have the ability to change a game in an instant. The backup fast bowlers are the possible weak link, but India will hope that they are not needed too much.
3) Crowd Support
Wherever they go, the Indians are likely to get huge crowd support. Especially in England, there are a lot of Indian expats and travellers who will be there to support their team. This can be a major factor that can boost the morale of the Indian team. It is expected that they will witness full houses for all their matches, and this will motivate them no end.
To sum up, it is clear that India are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Their batting line up is superb and they can take apart any bowling attack. If and when they reach the semis, they will be really hard to stop!
England and Pakistan are currently playing an ODI series that is serving as a warm up before the World Cup beginning 30th May. England have won the third ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the series. So here are the top three things that we learned from England’s win over Pakistan in the third ODI:
1) Brilliant Bairstow
Once Pakistan had put a large total on the board, it looked like a tough task for England to chase it down. However, the opening partnership of Roy and Bairstow once again gave them a good start. Bairstow in particular has been fantastic with the bat in recent months, and he showed his class once again.
2) Inspiring Imam
There have been a lot of allegations against Imam Ul Haq. It has been said that he is only in the team due to his uncle Inzamam Ul Haq. However, Imam has continued to perform well with the bat and has managed to silence his critics. In the third ODI, he played a great knock and crossed 150 for the first time in an ODI.
3) Sarfaraz Pressure
The Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is now under pressure. Former players have continually criticised his captaincy in recent series. It was the same old story in the third ODI. Pakistan had posted 358 on the board and should have been able to defend such a high total. However, confusing bowling changes and poor field placement helped England in winning the game.
To sum up, England have once again shown that they are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Their batting line up is too powerful and they have the ability to beat any team on any given day. On the other hand, Pakistan really need to pull up their socks if they want to compete!
South Africa have named their squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Most of the squad is as per the expectations, but there is one major surprise. So here are the top three things that we learned from South Africa’s World Cup Squad Announcement:
1) Morris Makes it
Chris Morris has been performing well in recent times. It was expected that the allrounder would be in the Proteas squad for the World Cup. However, the selectors initially chose to ignore his recent form. This was probably his last shot at a World Cup considering his age, and he was very disappointed to miss out. But an injury to Anrich Nortje has made sure that Morris makes it to the squad.
2) Amla In
Hashim Amla has been included in the squad, despite his personal issues in recent times. The top-order batsman has also been struggling on the pitch. However, the selectors have placed their faith in the veteran and he is expected to play a major role at the top of the order. Amla is a class batsman who would be eager to perform in England.
3) Nortje Misses Out
Anrich Nortje has burst on to the international scene after the departure of Duanne Olivier. Nortje had managed to impress the selectors sufficiently to make the initial World Cup squad. He has the pace and the ability to trouble a lot of batsmen. However, an injury has ruled him out of the World Cup. He can count himself very unlucky.
To sum up, the South Africans have a well-rounded squad and they will have high expectations. The African nation is certainly one of the best teams out there, and they just need to hold their nerve at the vital moments!
England have named their squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup. So here are the top three things that we learned from England’s World Cup Squad Announcement:
1) Hales Misses Out
Alex Hales has been withdrawn from the England squad following a failed drug test. The dashing opening batsman could have proven to be a handful in his home country. However, the selectors will now have to look at the other options and decide which one is the most suitable. Ben Duckett might just get his big chance after all!
2) Archer Dilemma
Jofra Archer has not been named in the preliminary squad, although his place in the final squad is still a possibility. What is certain is that the Sussex bowler will get a chance to perform in the upcoming ODI matches against Ireland and Pakistan. If he manages to impress the selectors, he might just sneak into the squad.
3) Dashing Denly
Joe Denly was once noted as the next big thing in English cricket. Over the years, he has fallen well below expectations. But over the last two years, he has started to become more consistent. Denly has got a place in the World Cup squad and he will be raring to go. If he manages to do well, he might even be picked for the upcoming Ashes series.
To sum up, the England squad is one of the most formidable ones in the tournament. England have covered all the bases and it is expected that they will make the knockout stages easily. English fans will certainly have their fingers crossed!
The West Indies have named their squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup. It was expected that some old names would be back in the fray now that the structure of the board has been revamped. However, not all the expected names are there. So here are the top three things that we learned from the West Indies’ World Cup Squad Announcement:
1) No Narine
Perhaps the biggest shock is the omission of Sunil Narine. The mystery spinner has been one of the best performing bowlers in the world. He has consistently managed to fox the opposition batsmen and this has built his reputation a great deal. However, the selectors have chosen not to select Narine in the World Cup squad.
2) Poor Pollard
Keiron Pollard has missed out on the World Cup squad. Even though the all-rounder has been in good form in recent times, the selectors have decided to leave him out of the squad. Only time will tell whether this was the right decision. It seems as if the team is going to miss his experiences as well as his ability to change a game.
3) Dashing Dre
Everyone was hoping that we get to see Andre Russell in the World Cup. Russell has been lighting up t20 tournaments around the world and has the magical ability to change the game with the bat at any time. His bowling is not too shabby either, and in England he could prove to be a real handful. West Indies fans would be hoping to see the best of him.
To sum up, the West Indies squad seems to be a formidable one. The return of Andre Russell makes them a real force to be reckoned with. This team has the ability to cause a few upsets and possibly reach the semi finals!
India have named their squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Most of the squad is along the expected lines, but there are some surprises. So here are the top three things that we learned from India’s World Cup Squad Announcement:
1) Rash Rayudu
A few months ago, Ambati Rayudu looked to be a certainty in the squad. He had made the number four position in the team his own. However, he has been playing some rash shots in recent matches, and this has cost him his place in the team. It appears as if KL Rahul is likely to bat at number four for India, and this has meant disappointment for Rayudu.
2) Unlucky Pant
Many people believed that Rishabh Pant would be a certainty in the final fifteen. This young player has been performing well for India as well as for his franchise. However, he has been overlooked and India have chosen Dinesh Karthik instead. Although Karthik himself is an accomplished batsman, this decision might be one that India go on to regret later.
3) Jadeja Makes The Cut
There was some doubt regarding Ravindra Jadeja’s selection in the squad. He has been in and out of the ODI team in recent months, and it was not certain that the selectors would stick with him. Nevertheless, the decision has been made now and Jadeja will be hoping that he can do it on the biggest stage of them all!
To sum up, the Indian squad looks strong and they are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Despite the absence of Rishabh Pant, they look like they have sufficient firepower that could see them into the knockout stages!