Losing ODI Series to India at Home Was Turning Point: Khawaja

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019

The meeting was attended by the officials of the cricket boards of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Carey feels that Smith and Warner did well to absorb the criticism and play their game.

Patriotically, the biggest support for team India comes from Indians themselves, with three quarter Indians (75%) saying India will win the cup this year. "They'll be in the running", he said. However, excepting Pakistan, India is second in the list of teams most likely to win the World Cup amongst all the countries. "The main tournament has not even started yet", Tendulkar said at a round-table conference on the sidelines of the Mumbai T20 League here Sunday.

'They should understand what kind of surfaces they might get. There have been plenty of chaotic moments in Sri Lankan cricket that led to woeful results as well, of course, but the point is, it does not necessarily mean their failure at this World Cup is guaranteed. "I will not judge the team after each and every game". Afghanistan have played 2 warm-up matches since arriving in England.

Meanwhile, India skipper preferred to highlight the positives from their six-wicket defeat to New Zealand in a Cricket World Cup warm-up on Saturday and was particularly pleased with the performance of the lower order.

Tendulkar claimed, "Many a time, teams are trying different combinations, batting line up".

Sachin Tendulkar always supports the larger participating teams in the Cricket World Cup.

The tournament begins on May 30 when hosts England take on South Africa here.

In the Rugby World Cup, no loser of the opening match (Italy in 1987, England in 1991, Australia in 1995, Argentina in 1999 and 2003, France in 2007, Tonga in 2011 and Fiji in 2015) have ever gone on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. Also, don't forget that India previously won a World Cup in England, in 1983.

Identifying Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada as two young players he considers the best at bowling in the death, Malinga also highlighted the value of a strong and varied bowling attack. The tournament is in the form of a group-stage round-robin (akin to the format followed in the 1992 World Cup), where the 10 teams will play each other once and the top four teams will qualify for the semifinals.

At a time when other team sports like football and hockey are aiming to expand their reach by including more nations in their World Cups, cricket is going the other way and shrinking the number of participating teams.