Tue, 14th May 2019
Proteas legend Jonty Rhodes says the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is wide open, though he admits that India have one of the most balanced teams on paper.
Rhodes, who played in four World Cups for South Africa and provided one of the tournament’s most iconic moments with his diving run out of Inzamam Ul Haq in 1992, was speaking to the media ahead of the T20 Mumbai League which starts today.
“India might have the ‘Fab 15’ but there are probably six other teams that might call themselves the same. There are some very strong teams in the World Cup and it will depend on the balanced 11 that they chose on the day, depending on the conditions,” Rhodes told PTI.
India’s first game will be against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
“India have got a lot of experience too. Even young players like [Jasprit] Bumrah, is one of the more experienced death bowlers, so from that point of view India will be fancying their chances, but there are six other sides, top six.
“And I am not even talking about West Indies, who are ranked seventh. They have started to play decent 50-over cricket again and there is no team that can go into any match of the tournament as favourites. So every game is important, you need those points. The change in format [to a 10-team round robin, with the top four advancing to the semifinals] has made it really wide open,” concluded Rhodes.