Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format

Jonty Rhodes former South African cricketer has supposed that while India has a very balanced team, the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales does not essentially have any favorites due to the changes in the format of the upcoming competition. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format
Jonty Rhodes said no favourites in CWC19 due to change in format

“India might have the fab 15 but there are perhaps six other sides that might call themselves the same. There are some very strong teams in the CWC and it will depend on the stable 11 that they chose on the day, contingent on the conditions,” Rhodes said to PTI.

India has 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, the 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 favorites. So every match is important, you need those points. The change in format has made it really wide open.”

Rhodes has also stated that all-rounder Hardik Pandya to be an important cog in the Indian side, and that he needs to quickly adjust to the 50-overs format.

Hardik Pandya’s role is really important because he is coming as a batsman and a bowler and he has got the knack of taking wickets. But the key is that he needs to quickly adjust because in a T20 game you can face seven balls and bowl may be two overs and make a difference.

“But in a fifty over the game if you are going to finish a game, you might have to bat from 35 overs, so that is going to be the difference. And he (Hardik) has got the temperament, he backs himself and he just has to know that he has a job to do (and) it’s not about one helicopter shot. It is (about) taking a match through like a Virat Kohli and finishing the game for India.”

India begins its CWC campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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