CWC 2019: Ravi Ashwin predicts WC finalists

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has tipped India as the firm favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and predicted Virat Kohli & Co to meet hosts England in the final.

CWC 2019: Ravi Ashwin predicts WC finalists
Rohit Sharma raises his bat after scoring 23rd ODI century.

Well, after one-week wait, the two-time World Cup champions started off the match against South Africa and won the match by 7 wickets in a convincing fashion. Rohit Sharma was named the man of the match for his calm and composed 122* while Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball for his 4/51.

Ravi Ashwin has no confusions in mind as he said India are the favourite to lift the trophy this summer significantly because of their staggering batting line-up. “India are the favourites… look at the batting that we have,” spinner Ashwin said.

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India are the favourites: Ashwin

“I think India are the favourites, looking at the balance they have in terms of pace, spin and the batting prowess. Looking at the other teams, I think India and England will play in the final. That is my prediction,” Ravi Ashwin said.

The carrom-ball spinner cited three top batsmen- Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli in India’s batting strength and explained how dangerous if both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma go about their business as the game progresses.

“In the top three, we have Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Rohit and Virat are two of the best batsmen in the world. ‘The way Virat paces his innings and the firepower that Rohit has, he is one of those batsmen who can change gears any time,” Ashwin said.

Ashwin also thinks India are a balanced side and also went on to praise Hardik Pandya’s resurgence. According to Ashwin, MS Dhoni would deal with things in a cool way in the middle order. Then the team has Bumrah in the pace battery and Chahal-Kuldeep in the spin mix.

“Apart from that, we have a balanced setup. Hardik Pandya has emerged as a great player, MS Dhoni is the calming influence in the middle order. ‘Then the likes of Bumrah at the death and with the new ball. The two wrist-spinners as well,” Ashwin said.

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