AB de Villiers, selected India as one of the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and called Virat Kohli “the best ODI player in the world”.
De Villiers distinct India, the hosts England, the shielding champions Australia and Pakistan as the favourites’ to win the tournament, but refrain from naming his former team as one. Those who do not want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets.
South Africa made the semi-final in 2015 but lost to New Zealand in a competition that went to the last over. They also made the semi-final in 2007 and 1999 but never made it to a final.
“The World Cup is a hard tournament. I have played in three of them and it’s in no way easy. You always feel like you’ve got a good team, but once the competition starts you very quickly realize that there are a lot of teams that are there to win it and have the skill to do so,” de Villiers.
“I do believe South Africa have a chance, as we did at any other World Cup because we are a world-class team with an abundance of match-winners. The Proteas are surely in the in a row, but I won’t say they are the, to be honest with you.
“India and England are looking strong, Australia has won five World Cups in the past and Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy in the UK two years ago. Those four teams are possibly the favourites.”
With India one of the tough contestant to win the title, keeping their captain Virat Kohli in test could be an annoyance for most teams and de Villiers believes that Kohli’s performances of recent times, which have motivated him to No.1 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, aren’t going to stop any time soon.
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