Kevin Pietersen and Anil Kumble pick their top 4 teams in World Cup 2019
Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble and former English batsman Kevin Pietersen predicted their top four semi-finalists in the ongoing World Cup 2019 which is taking place in England and Wales. Both the veteran players believe that this tournament will be a high scoring one and interestingly they both have picked West Indies as one of the semi-finalists of the tournament.
The Windies didn’t qualify directly for the World Cup as they had to play the Qualifier tournament alongside the low graded teams like Afghanistan, Ireland, UAE, Zimbabwe etc. which was quite humiliating for the two times World Cup champions.
However, with the inclusion of the high-quality players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, the national side of the Caribbeans is looking very steady as they scored over 400 runs in the warm-up match against New Zealand and also put up a magnificent performance in their first game against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. They bowled out Pakistan for a mere score of 105 and also chased the score under 15 overs.
However, the 48-year-old Kumble termed the Caribbeans as the ‘dark horses’ of the tournament and also mentioned that this tournament will be very high scoring. As per a report in the ICC, Kumble said, “I think India, England, Australia (will be in the semi-finals) and then the ‘dark horses’ I think will be West Indies.”
On the other hand, the 38 years former English skipper Kevin Pietersen is also hoping that the Caribbeans will make a great impact on this tournament and along with England, Australia and India, he has picked West Indies as the fourth semi-finalist of this mega event. Pietersen also put some light on the New Zealand team and felt that the Kiwis can also be one of the strong contenders for the position of the semi-finalists.
“I think New Zealand a pretty experienced (side), they have probably done seven semi-finals in the World Cup so New Zealand, I think, will be a very good team. They have always punched above what they can. In big tournaments, they certainly turn up and it’s gonna be a challenging one,” Pietersen said.