Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar expressed that England are the
favourites to win the World Cup and not India. The former India captain
said that England have become a strong ODI side since the 2015 World
“The strong favourites in the World Cup tournament are
England. And it is not because of the fact that it will be a home World
Cup for them. But because they have changed their attitude towards ODI
cricket. They had lost in the league stage in 2015 World Cup, probably
against Bangladesh. But since then, the manner in which they changed
their game, the way in which they picked their team, England have grown
into a strong side. They have a good opening pair, they have strong
middle-order batters, they also have a good all-rounder in the form of
and when you play at home you also have a strong backing,” Gavaskar told
However, Gavaskar added that India are the second most favourites to win the quadrennial event.
“The advantage that India have is they have played in England for two consecutive years – 2017 and 2018. So the players who will be part of the World Cup squad will be aware of the conditions and hence will be able to use their experience and probably India can use the factor to lift the World Cup. But I feel the most favourites are England and then come India,” Gavaskar said.
The former India opener expressed that along with India and England, Pakistan and Australia could make it to the semi-finals.
“Pakistan have always been a formidable side. And the Australian team will look strong with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner. So these four teams will be in the semifinals. New Zealand are also favourites because conditions in England are almost similar to theirs. So they cane spring a surprise, but they have never gone ahead of semifinals as what I have seen,” said Gavaskar.