The powerful return to form of MS Dhoni in one-day international cricket has provided a mouthwatering backdrop to India’s ICC Cricket World Cup preparations. But it’s the current captain – rather than the man who lifted the trophy in 2011 – who is the one to beat when it comes to his side’s leading runscorer in the tournament.
Pakistan come into this match as favourites to win the game and that would mean snapping a miserable ten-match losing streak. Their form has been poor and that is largely due to their bowlers struggling to click into gear which does not bode well when playing the fearsome West Indian batting line-up.
With the 2019 Cricket World Cup expected to heavily favour the batsmen, who are the leading candidates to top the runscoring charts? Which bowlers are most like to remain unscathed from the big-hitting and are most likely to take the wickets? Presenter Martyn Hindley is joined by TSZ boss Rob Esteva and cricket fanatic Sachin Mehrish as they crunch the numbers around some of their favourite batsmen and bowlers.
England may start the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as overwhelming favourites with the bookmakers but one look at the data shows that South Africa can be fancied to run them close in the opening match of the tournament at The Oval.
England come into this match and tournament as hot favourites to win but South Africa may arguably be underestimated in both.
From Root to Rabada; Gayle's Swan storm and the mighty Aussies....presenter Martyn Hindley is joined by TSZ gaffer Rob Esteva and cricket nut Sachin Mehrish to discuss the opening match between England and South Africa, potential dark horses for the tournament, and the chances of heavyweights India and Australia.
A fascinating match awaits here with two teams that many consider to be potential dark horses for the World Cup. On their day, both teams have the potential to beat anybody in the tournament with plenty of match winners in both squads.
India were particularly poor in the heavy loss to New Zealand on Saturday and their performance lacked any kind of intensity that we have come to expect from a team led by Virat Kohli.
Australia come into the World Cup as arguably the form side and they showed their potential as they beat favourites England on Saturday. They will be keen to maintain the momentum they have and pick up another win.
This will be a fascinating encounter between the World Cup hosts and one of the underdogs coming into the World Cup in Afghanistan. There is a chance that both teams could be under strength as one or two key men could be rested with injury niggles affecting both camps but England have the greater depth to their squad to overcome that.
Pakistan are seriously struggling for self-belief coming into this game having lost their last 11 completed matches and they will be taking this match extremely seriously. They desperately need a win to take some confidence into the World Cup in their final warm-up match but Bangladesh will be no pushovers.
Martyn Hindley presents the opening podcast from The Stats Zone ahead of the Cricket World Cup. He is joined by TSZ's Managing Director Rob Esteva and Sports Digital guru and Cricket fanatic Sachin Mehrish for their first offering leading into the World Cup.
There have been contrasting preparations for these two sides as India’s squad have been in full throttle playing in the IPL while New Zealand’s players have played very little in recent months.
This will be a fascinating warm-up match ahead of the World Cup for both of these teams and a good measure of how ready they are as two of the favourites for the tournament.