Legendary Kapil Dev has predicted that India will defiantly make it to the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Kapil Dev apart from naming India as one of the favourites, believes Australia and England can lift the World Cup as well. The World Cup-winning captain also named New Zealand and West Indies as the dark horses. Michael Vaughan Questions Rishabh Pant’s Absence in India’s World Cup Squad After His Match-Winning Cameo Against SRH in IPL 2019 Eliminator.
"I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that, it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward,” Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by ICC. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 All Teams Squad: Full Players List of Nations Participating in CWC 19.
Kapil Dev also believes that India has perfect combination and appreciated skipper Kohli and MS Dhoni’s contribution. “India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams. They have the right balance – four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and [MS] Dhoni. Dhoni and Kohli have done extremely well for India. Both of them are unmatchable,” he added.
India will leave for England on May 22. On May 25 India will face New Zealand in the first warm-up match at The Oval in London and then Bangladesh in the second practice match at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff on May 28. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Meet Captains of All 10 Participating Teams.
India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 05 at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. India’s last round-robin match is against Sri Lanka at the Headingley in Leeds on July 06.