The cricket world cup started with hosts England thumping South Africa in world cup opener with a massive margin of 104 runs to start their world cup campaign on a high. The world cup got underway on May 30 and will conclude on July 14, with the finals at the iconic Lord’s in London.
England are the firm favourites to lift the trophy, however some experts claim India to be a force to reckon with alongside Australia who are high in confidence after pipping India 3-2 in India and clean sweeping Pakistan 5-0 in United Arab Emirates(UAE). The returning Steve Smith and David Warner will add more strength to the team.
Shane Warne picks the favourite
The Australian legend feels hosts England and India are the firm favourites to win the ongoing world cup. The veteran of 145 tests also backed his home side Australia to make the semi-finals alongside the dark horses of the tournament- West Indies.
Warne further said that India boats of atleast 5 match winners in the team that will help them crush the challenge put by the opposition.
"Most teams have 1 or 2 match-winners but India have at least 5. When you have that many match winners in your side with bit of X factor, you are going to get very, very close.
"And then you look at England too - their firepower. I would be very disappointed if England. Australia and India do not make the semi-finals. I have a feeling West Indies might slide into the last four," Warne told India today.
Shane Warne's semi-finalists
Australia, India, West Indies and England
Shane Warne's favourites
India and England