India, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalists

first_imgIndia, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalistsWhile maintaining that India are one of the title favourites, former captain Sourav Ganguly said the 2019 World Cup will be one of the most evenly contest quadrennial tournaments in the history of the sport.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 19:23 IST 2019 World Cup: India are one of the title favourites, says Sourav Ganguly (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMy pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan: GangulyIndia are one of the title-contenders of course: GangulySourav Ganguly also played down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s IPL formThe current Indian team’s strength makes them “favourites” going into any competition leave alone World Cup where they are sureshot semifinalists alongside Australia, England and Pakistan.The former India captain, who led the team to the 2003 World Cup finals expects that current round robin format will be one of the most “keenly contested” tournament.”My pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan. India are one of the title-contenders of course,” Ganguly told PTI in an interview.Ten teams will be competing in the ODI cricket’s quadrennial extravaganza in a round robin format where every team plays each other before the semifinals.”It’s going to be one of the most keenly contested World Cups. Indian team is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites. This World Cup will probably be the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals playing all the teams. There are no easy teams,” said Ganguly.Kuldeep Yadav’s four wickets in nine games is not something that will affect his performance in the World Cup.”He will get wickets in the World Cup, don’t worry. He’s a superb bowler,” Ganguly said without reading much into Kuldeep’s below-par show for KKR.The Prince of Kolkata is now playing a pivotal role in the turnaround of Delhi Capitals in search of an elusive IPL title.”I don’t see the challenges as tough, I just find a way to try and make it work. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. It’s a great honour to help these players and turn around a team which has not done well in the past,” the Delhi Capitals advisor said.advertisementDelhi Capitals are occupying second place behind Chennai Super Kings in the leaderboard as they need one win from three matches to seal their playoff berth.”Delhi is a mixture of youth and experience. I can only advice so the credit should go to players who actually execute it.”The team has two legends at the helm with Ganguly working alongside his former Aussie counterpart Ricky Ponting who is the head coach of the franchise.”We are great friends for a long period of time. I was the runners-up in the (2003) World Cup which he had won. He has great experience. It’s been a pleasure working with him. The way he adjusts to player’s needs is a remarkable experience. He’s a fantastic coach,” Ganguly said showering praise on Ponting.Also Read | Dale Steyn’s injury leaves Cricket South Africa worried ahead of 2019 World CupAlso Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: List of Players in all 10 teamsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow PakistanFollow AustraliaFollow EnglandFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019last_img

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