Hi, nice predictions. But I can bet on New Zealand, South Africa, India
indiafan said:Hi All! I am the same indiafan from the BBC chat site. I liked this cricforum so I joined here.... Hi to all old friends
Assuming that the regular 8's join the Super8 league without any uninteresting entries from Bangladesh or Kenya and such teams, we will have a great world cup.
I am listing my predictions based on their comparative strengths.
I thought SriLanka is the best balanced team, but their bowling might be a worry. They have a better pool of resources than any other team, but what I glaringly noticed is that there is a lack in bowling class. Murali may change it only a bit, I predict.
I never thought India would even have a chance, but they have recently come out of their shell with good set of resources. Very strong contenders.
The perennial problem for pak, which are - lack of stability in the openers slot, too many all-rounders. I am not seeing a great teamness with Pak, Inzi's gotta a lot of job to do.
4) South Africa
More hungrier than ever. I think SA will win this world cup just because of the recent form and energy. They have all the skills just except the slow bowling skills which is important for Windies, that's a cause of concern.
As everyone now would say, they dont have a good chance. May reach semis
6) New Zealand
I dont think NZ can be strong in this world cup, they have less no. of classy batsmen who can nudge and accumulate runs in a slow pitch. Their slow bowling options are just okay. Their fielding may be a favouring factor for them.
7) West Indies
I think windies do not stand much chance even though they are playing well these days. They can play well any day, so the oppositions must not talk anything badly about them, if you respect them and play with discipline, windies can be easily beaten. This team can win if the opponents play stupidly....
England again lacks batting skills for slow bowling except Kevin Pieterson and a bit of Flintoff, Bell and Vaughan. Monty will be the trump card for England.
jayasuriya07 said:i think ireland are having a great world cup i wonder if they can beat the windies
Nah I just play socially now (although I did play some grade cricket for Collegians), although I might be joining my University team next yearincubi said:Punter, I coldn't have summed it up better myself!
Just by chance, you happen to play cricket in Sydney's SMCA, do you..?