It’s the year of the mega event as the ODI World Cup 2019 is scheduled to be held. England and Wales will host the tournament starting May 30. All the 10 teams have the all-important tournament in the mind right now. Each and every side is trying to figure out a core squad for the Cup.
With the ODI World Cup 2019 just a few months away, it’s time for us to analyze which teams have the best chance to emerge as the World Champions. Depending on the conditions that England and Wales will offer and how the teams will fare as per current form, we have compiled a list of the best contenders.
Here are the top 5 contenders for the ODI World Cup 2019
#5 South Africa
Usually, going into any World Cup, South Africa would be right up there among the top contenders. But this time around, the Proteas don’t seem to be the firm favorites. They indeed were the favorites in 2015 but unfortunately lost in a close semi-final to New Zealand. In the ICC Champions Trophy that was played in England in 2017, they were knocked out in the first round itself.
The reason why they slumped to No.5 in our list is the inconsistent batting line-up. Had AB de Villiers been still around, they would have been one of the best batting orders. However, they still have the likes of Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, David Miller among the experienced ones. On a day, this line-up could be daunting but they haven’t quite delivered of late.
South Africa lost the ODI series at home against India where the batting techniques against spin were exposed. There are going to be plenty of spinners in the ODI World Cup 2019 that would make life difficult for them. However, South Africa has a great bowling attack. With Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Duanne Olivier, they have a fearsome pace attack. The spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi only add to the strength.