Brian Lara hopes to witness an India-Pakistan final in WC 2019
Former West Indies legend Brian Lara predicted India as favorites to claim the World Cup title.
While the cricketing interactions between subcontinental arch rivals hit an all-time low in barometer following never ending political disarray, Caribean living legend has foreseen a repeat of the 2017 ICC Champions’ Trophy final where these twos locked horns.
Speaking to media at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday, Lara said,
“The Champions Trophy final a couple of years ago, Pakistan versus India… that would be a wonderful final to see again.”
“India are capable of playing all around the world. They start as favorites,” the 49 year old said.
But the West Indian great did not rule out his country from the possibility. Mentioning performers like Gayle and Russell, Lara said they need to show the consistency.
“But I am not going to sell the West Indies short. I think guys like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, if these guys get consistency at the right time, they can make the West Indies people very proud,” he reckoned.
As like all the analysts, Brian Lara also showed weariness regarding the English weather, well administering of which would likely to be the success mantra for teams outside.
“The World Cup is going to be very dependent on weather. The English weather, you never know what it is going to be like. England in England are a tough opposition but they are also a team that knows how to lose important matches,” Lara said.