India coach Ravi Shastri anticipates a ‘very close’ World Cup this summer season but says England are worthy pre-tournament favourites.
Beneath captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss, England have shot as much as No. 1 within the ICC rankings in one-day cricket, profitable 11 of their final 15 ODI sequence.
India are at the moment ranked second on the earth and can hope to win a 3rd World Cup this summer season underneath famous person skipper Virat Kohli.
‘It is going to be a very close World Cup,’ India coach Shastri mentioned. ‘You can’t choose anybody staff as favourites to win the showpiece occasion..
‘Although prime 4 groups could be thought-about as prime contenders due to their present type nonetheless it’s going to be a tricky competitors. The hole might be slender.
‘Nonetheless, England have been most the constant staff over the past two years. They’ve multi-dimensional gamers.
‘They’ve depth in bowling and batting they usually are taking part in at house. Within the rankings, they are the primary staff on the earth.
‘But as I said, on a given day, any team can beat anyone. You will have to go by the rankings to see the consistency.’
India introduced their provisional World Cup squad final week, with Dinesh Karthik favoured over India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant..
Requested about India’s squad, Shastri added: ‘I don’t become involved within the choice course of.
‘If we have something to say, we convey it through the skipper and he puts it across on the behalf of the team management.’
Shastri additionally denied India are over-reliant on star batsman Kohli, saying: ‘If you look at the Indian team’s efficiency within the final 5 years, they’ve been in prime three.
‘To keep up that type of momentum, being primary in Take a look at cricket, second in ODIs and once more in prime three in T20s, you can’t depend on one participant.